The McMaster Museum of Art

    COUGHLIN, Jack
    Date: American, born 1932
    Jack Coughlin is well known for his strong portraits of literary figures and musicians. His prints, drawings and watercolors have been exhibited widely across the United States and Europe. They are in the permanent collections of 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, the New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland and in several other important museum, university and library collections worldwide.

    A member of the National Academy of Design, he has received numerous awards and prizes and his portraits are regularly commissioned for the New Republic. His portraits have also been published in several volumes of poetry in Ireland and the United States.

    Coughlin has had a life long love for the harmonica and blues music. The portraits included in A Brush With the Blues were done to pay homage to some of the great blues musicians he has admired.

    In addition to his work as an artist and a sculptor, Jack Coughlin is Professor Emeritus of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    Born February 19, 1932 in Greenwich, Connecticut he went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Art Students League, New York. His prints were selected for the Associated American Artists' 1966 New Talent in Printmaking Exhibition. Since then his work has been exhibited extensively and added to museum collections around the world.

    Widely respected as a printmaker of exceptional draftsmanship, he has also created low relief sculptures in the lost wax-bronze casting technique. He is well known for his prints of literary figures but has also a large body of work utilizing animals, birds of prey and grotesques in addition to his current passion for drawing musicians.

    Source: R. Michelson Gallery
    Photo by Ken Buck