Jack Coughlin (artist)
Jack Coughlin (born 1932, Connecticut, USA) is an artist of Irish-American origin who is best known for his portraits of assistant professor figures and musicians. As a figurative performer and believer of the National Academy of Design, Coughlin’s put-on is in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington D.C., the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences in Virginia, the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts, the University of Colorado, the Philadelphia Free Public Library, Staedelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfort, Germany, and the New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
Born in Greenwich, Connecticut Coughlin studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League of New York. Although Coughlin’s education coincided considering the heyday of Abstract Expressionism, he has always been drawn to figurative traditions in European and American art.
Coughlin's portraits are regularly commissioned for the New Republic magazine and have been published in several volumes of poetry in Ireland and the United States. However, in prints and drawings from the 1960s to the present, he has then pursued a vein of imagery that is much less naturalistic and that explores a range of sources, from the anatomical drawings of George Stubbs to the grotesque hybrids of European printmakers in the express of Francisco Goya and Martin Schongauer. In many metamorphic, dream afterward images, absurd and puzzling juxtapositions of the human and animal member in an irrational evolutionary journey. Here his automatic drawing practice is akin to that of the Surrealists and is wed to his interests in the existential wordplay of Samuel Beckett.
Celebrated for his combinations of enlightened and established techniques during the resurgence of intaglio, lithograph, and woodcut printmaking in the 1960s and 70s, Coughlin taught printmaking at University of Massachusetts Amherst from the initiation of its art department until his retirement on summit of 35 years later. In 2005 Coughlin normal the Gladys E. Cook prize at the 2005 annual exhibition at the National Academy of Design.