Coulter Jacobs Longevity – FAD Magazine

Coulter Jacobs, Spanish Lander, 2021 Acrylic, oil stick and spray paint and section oops house painting on canvas 50w x 69h in 127h x 175.26w cm

Simchowitz must present Longevitythe first gallery exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Coulter Jacobs.

Born Jacob Coulter in Los Angeles in 1977, Jacobs earned a degree in journalism from San Diego State University in 2001. While maintaining a full-time union job as a water utility worker for the Department of water and electricity from Los Angeles, Jacobs built an expansive art. practice comprising two published novels, collections of poetry, painting, sculpture and drawing. In LongevityJacobs showcases every facet of his practice in his first solo exhibition.

In the artist’s mind, Longevity testifies to the patience and spirit that art requires. Careers in art can boom and sizzle for decades, but Jacobs has also seen the careers of countless artist friends burn bright and soar like tumbleweed. It’s a temperamental community, full of competition and changing tastes, and one that prefers short-term gains to anything resembling “longevity”.

Coulter Jacobs, This side of the Truth, 2022 Acrylic, oil stick, spray paint and section oops house painting on canvas 55h x 67w in 139.70hx 170.18w cm
Coulter Jacobs, This side of the Truth, 2022 Acrylic, oil stick, spray paint and section oops house painting on canvas 55h x 67w in 139.70hx 170.18w cm

“Longevity is about manifesting that creative instinct, the trajectory of a career as an artist is about staying inspired so you can continue to inspire others. It can’t be a flash in the pan.


Jacobs nurtured a fascinating, slow-moving artistic career that took him from his grandmother’s attic in Long Beach, “writing, trying to be Jack Kerouac or whatever,” to a hard-nosed painting studio in Pico Union, where a fire destroyed his space and erased his archives in 2017. He slowly rebuilt his black and tattoo-influenced abstraction practice and now works out of a custom-built garage studio at his home in San Pedro — when he is on leave. He is also a chapter president of the prestigious Southern California Automobile Club, duke.

Jacobs cites dozens of artists, musicians and writers as inspiration in his practice: John Altoon, Bob Dylan, Burroughs, Guston, Frankenthaler, Mitchell, Reinhardt (Django and Ad), among many others, but Martin Kippenberger, hard-going and extremely curious, might be a more appropriate parallel – his career and his life an all-encompassing work of art. Jacobs is a voracious reader, filling his paintings with references to psychology, literature, film, and legends of the scene in the South Bay and underground tattoo and car communities.

“I still consider myself a student. I think for every artist, that education never ends,” he says.

Coulter Jacobs’ practice is life-affirming. His enthusiasm for art and his speech, despite an upbringing that put him “as far from the fine arts as humanly possible”, can remind us of the primordial and human need to make art and the enjoyment aesthetic expression.

Coulter Jacobs Longevity August 6 – August 27, Simchowitz, Opening Saturday August 6, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.


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Marc Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, founder and co-editor of Art of Conversation and founder of the @worldoffad platform

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