HUDSON, N.Y. — Cynthia J. Coulter, an accomplished artist whose work with found objects has been widely exhibited and acclaimed throughout the United States, died on April 20 at the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson.
Influenced by American folk art objects, Outsider art and ancient scrollwork, Coulter (b 1951) explored materials with “past lives.” She is perhaps best known for her work with Indian canoe skins, which she transformed into large horizontal or vertical murals that were collaged with provocative, visually narrative elements.
Coulter said she first discovered the canvas canoe skins in 1984 when she attended an old wooden boat show in Chicago and asked a canoe skin worker to send her those he no longer could use. Her origins in Oklahoma and living in New York’s Chinatown and Hong Kong also offered her sources of inspiration.
Coulter exhibited widely throughout the United States and has been reviewed by the New York Times and other major publications. She was the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Eben Demarest Trust, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, to name a few, and she also received numerous awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts ‘Featured Artist’ and the 2000 Artist of the Mohawk-Hudson Region Juried Exhibition. She lived in Columbia County for many years, and she was represented by BCB ART in Hudson.
Coulter is survived by her brother Timothy G. Coulter of Los Angeles, her father George W. Coulter of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and her childhood friend Phyllis Montavon of Las Vegas, Nev. To leave a message for the family, www.batesanderson.com. A memorial tribute will take place at The Hudson Opera House on Sunday, July 28, 2 to 4 pm.