Artist - Jack Coulter Year - 2017 Recognised as one of the most popular abstract painters emerging today by The Financial Times, Jack Coulter’s tenacity and bold approach in the art world has garnered him widespread collaborations and a legion of notable collectors in popular culture. This year, Coulter was included in the prestigious Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list for Art & Culture. Coulter has synaesthesia, a neurological condition which has had a profound effect on his work, other well-known synesthete artists include David Hockney, Vincent van Gogh and Joan Mitchell. In an interview with The Independent, Coulter's earliest memories of this date back to childhood, where he recalled the sound of his own heartbeat resonating pulses of colour. Throughout his teenage years he would frequently paint while listening to jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, translating the colours of the sounds onto canvas, with the aural timbres of the music inspiring the pace and motion of his paint strokes. The present work takes its inspiration from Belinda Carlisle’s classic hit from 1987 by the same title. In April 2018, Coulter painted Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto live with London Chamber Orchestra in front of a full audience at Cadogan Hall in London, he had a solo article in British Vogue covering the performance. Later that year, Coulter was commissioned by The Freddie Mercury Estate to depict one of the iconic Freddie Mercury tracks 'Mr. Bad Guy' on canvas. The piece was then exhibited in 'Bohemian Rhapsody: The Queen Exhibition' in Seoul.
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