with a green hat. New Paltz, NY. 3 March 2019. Oil on canvas. 32 x 28 inches.
Couteau is a visual
artist and litereary author from Brooklyn and is currently represented by the
Roshkowska Galleries in Windham, NY.
As a visual artist, Couteau works primarily in oil. Many of his paintings
explore variations on the female nude and are inspired by working directly with
a model. Since 2015 his work has been featured at the Roshkowka Galleries in Windham,
NY, and is also featured by Roshkowska at artsy.net.
2019, Couteau embarked upon a new series of paintings of women
wearing hats, using watercolor crayons, cray-pas, and oil paint on claybord,
gessobord, and canvas. This series follows his women
wearing veils, first begun in 2016.
August 2011 to May 2012, Couteau completed "Eighty-seven
Variations on Titian's 'Venus of Urbino,'" a series of paintings and
drawings that attempt to reinterpret this single Renaissance masterpiece.
of his larger-than-lifesize nudes were shown at
the Varga Gallery in Woodstock, New York, from September 2009 to March 2010.
In 2009, he devoted a year to reinterpreting
the work of Picasso. The complete collection is composed of 67 oil paintings,
150 works on paper, and 16 sculptures in terra cotta. The Van Buren Gallery in
New Paltz hosted his one-man show, “A Year with Picasso: A Reinterpretation of
Major and Minor Works,” which ran from January 9, 2010 to February 21, 2010.
The exhibit featured a reading from Couteau's poetry collection, The Sleeping
Mermaid, which includes several poems portraying specific Picasso paintings.
* Roshkowska Galleries, Windham, NY. Selected
* Varga Gallery, Woodstock, NY. Group show, 12 September
2009 - 12 March 2010.
* Van Buren Gallery, New Paltz, NY. “A Year with Picasso:
A Reinterpretation of Major and Minor Works,” 9 January - 21 February 2010.
Unison Gallery, New Paltz, NY. “Atmosphere (Mini-Works).” Group show, 31 August
- 28 September 2009.
Couteau is the author of the novel Doctor Pluss; the literary
anthology Collected Couteau, the epistolary memoir Letters from Paris,
and the poetry collection The Sleeping Mermaid. In 1985 he won the North
American Essay Award, a competition open to North American writers and sponsored
by the American Humanist Association. After living in Paris for twelve years (1988-2000),
he now resides in the Mid-Hudson Valley, where he writes and paints. He recently
completed a collection of essays and literary interviews with other authors titled
More Collected Couteau and a memoir, Wonder: a trilogy of over eight
work as a literary critic, interviewer, and social commentator has been featured
in books such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 'Love in the Time of Cholera': A
Reader’s Guide, by Thomas Fahy, Conversations with Ray Bradbury, ed.
Steven Aggelis, and David Cohen’s Forgotten Millions, a book about the
homeless mentally ill.
In his Introduction to More Collected Couteau,
author James Demsey writes: "Having spent many years as a journalist, I believe
I have some ability to recognize and admire an artful interviewer, and Couteau
is a master. His preparation is comprehensive, meticulous, and profound. His understanding
of the process of writing in so many genres allows him insights into the particular
problems faced by the writers he interviews…. You'll also find herein Couteau's
writings on literature, which I hesitate to call criticism since they lack the
worst features of much literary criticism, which can be clogged with so much pretentiousness,
cant, and philosophical obfuscation that it would take a plunger of Brobdingnagian
proportions to restore a healthy flow. Couteau's essays are often rhapsodic appreciations
and evocations of the work under study, and are stuffed with both insights and
a review of The Sleeping Mermaid for the Midwest Book Review, Willis
M. Buhle says: “Novelist and literary enthusiast Rob Couteau brings readers part
of his love with The Sleeping Mermaid, a book of flowing poetry and thought
that asks plenty of questions and offers plenty of answers. The Sleeping Mermaid
is a poetry collection well worth considering.” And in an Introduction to the
book, the biographer Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno writes of how the author’s “poetic
excursions take us to many places: to the Paris of Rimbaud and Picasso, to the
Native North Americans, to mythology and history and how the woman he is encountering
is seducing him as he seduces her (and us), and finally, how alone, the cosmos
plays itself out at 3 a.m. when the only lap dog is memory.”
Jim Feast, in his Evergreen Review essay on Doctor Pluss and Collected
Couteau, remarks upon the author's “Intellectual freshness, richness, and
potency,” adding: “An impressively creative writer, whom Barney Rosset urged me
to review.” Rosset, the former owner of Grove Press and the first American publisher
of Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Jean Genet, led the legal battle to publish
D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.
* poems from the late twentieth century.
(This chapbook is now part of the Special Collections of New York University,
Yale University Library, Colby College, Michigan State University Libraries, Northwestern
University, and UCLA Library.)
* Doctor Pluss.
Couteau: Poems, Letters, Essays, Interviews.
* The Paris Journals
* Letters from Paris
* The Sleeping Mermaid. With an Introduction
by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno.
* Portraits from the Revolution. Interviews
with the Protestors from Occupy Wall Street, 30 Spetmeber - 8 October 2011.
* More Collected Couteau: Essays and Interviews. With an Introduction by
of these books are now part of New York University's Fales Library and Special
Collections section, indexed in the "Downtown Writer's" archive.
Writing Published in Periodicals:
Ninety excerpts of Couteau’s
work has appeared in forty-two magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including
The Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Blueline; Cadillac Cicatrix;
Chrysalis; Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European;
Footwork; The Garden State; Emerging Civil War; Evergreen Review; Hawaii Pacific
Review; Heavenbone; The Humanist; Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; KennedysandKing;
Lapis; Lift Magazine; Mochila Review; New Leaves Review; Occupy the Press; Occupy
Wall Street Poetry Anthology; Open Road Integrated Media; Out of Our; The Paris
Voice; Passager; Psychological Poems: Journal of Outsider Poetry; Quantum; Rain
Taxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture; Talisman:
A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West
Hills Review; White Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous.
Interviews with Other Authors:
* Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno:
“The Biographer of Paul Bowles and Other Expatriates Talks about Writing the Outsider’s
Story: An Interview with Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno,” Bloomsbury Review,
March 1991, and later featured in Collected Couteau.
* Ray Bradbury:
“The Romance of Places: An Interview with Ray Bradbury,” Paris Voice, November
1990; Quantum: Science Fiction & Fantasy Review, spring 1991; and Nelson
Thornes Framework English Resource Book 2, ed. Geoff Reilly and Wendy Wren
(Cheltenham, (U.K.: Nelson Thornes Ltd., 2003). The complete interview was featured
in Conversations with Ray Bradbury (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi,
2004) and in Collected Couteau.
* Hubert Selby: “Defining the
Sacred: Hubert Selby on Spirituality, the Creative Will, and Love,” Rain
Taxi Review of Books (online), December 1999. The complete interview later
appeared in Collected Couteau.
* Albert Hofmann: “Albert Hofmann:
An Appreciation. A Brief Interview with the Discoverer of LSD,” Rain Taxi Review
of Books, June 2008.
* Michael Korda: “The Charmed Life: A Conversation
with Michael Korda,” Rain Taxi Review of Books (online), summer 2010.
* Jeffrey H. Jackson: “Remembering the Deluge: An Interview
with Jeffrey H. Jackson,” Rain Taxi Review of Books (online), December
* Robert Roper: “An Interview with Robert Roper, Author of Now
the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War,” Emerging
Civil War (online), October 2011.
* William Scott: “An Interview
with William Scott, Author of Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction
of the Mass Worker,” tygersofwrath.com, October 2011.
* Justin Kaplan:
“The Mystery of the Man: Justin Kaplan Talks about America’s Greatest Poet,”
tygersofwrath.com, December 2011.
* Robert J. De Sena: “The Miracle
of Unity. Peace Mediator Robert J. De Sena Discusses How He Offers Gang Members
a Way Out,” tygersofwrath.com, September 2014.
* Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno:
“When Feeling is First.' A Conversation with Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno About
E. E. Cummings's Prose Masterpiece, The Enormous Room,” tygersofwrath.com,
* Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno: “Paying Attention. Christopher
Sawyer-Lauçanno Discusses His New Book of Poems, The Mussoorie-Montague Miscellany,”
tygersofwrath.com, February 2015.
* James Dempsey: “An Interview with
Biographer James Dempsey, Author of The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer,”
tygersofwrath.com, July 2015.
* Robert Roper: “A Conversation with
Robert Roper, author of Nabokov in America: On the Road to Lolita,” tygersofwrath.com,
* Edward Halsey Foster: "‘If you are a poet, you
help other poets.’ A Conversation with the Poet, Publisher, and Literary Historian
Edward Halsey Foster."
* Sylvette David: "An Interview with
Picasso's Famous Model and Muse, Sylvette David: 'The Woman with the Key.'"
tygersofwrath.com, January 2018. Abridged version at talismanmag.net, January
Danny Goldberg: "Remembering the Magic Year: An Interview with Danny
Goldberg," author of "In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea,"
Rain Taxi Review of Books (online), March 2018.
* The Role of the Least-Aspected Planet in Astrocartography.
Planetary Symbolism in Astrocartography and Transcendental Astrology’’ (Reviewed
in the Mountain Astrologer.) ISBN 0-9801880-0-8
* Literary Publications
by Author Rob Couteau. The Official Web Site.
* Review of More
Collected Couteau: Essays and Interviews, Publisher's Weekly, Booklife,
of Portraits from the Revolution, Midwest Book Review, by Diane Donovan,
24 radio interview with Rob Couteau on the death of Ray Bradbury, June 2012.
* Review of The
Sleeping Mermaid, Midwest Book Review, by Willis M. Buhle, August
the Sacred: Hubert Selby on Spirituality, the Creative Will, and Love.” Couteau’s
interview with Hubert Selby.
the Palette: Rob Couteau.” Interview with Rob Couteau, HV Biz, 1 March
Bets for Sunday.” Review of “A Year with Picasso,” Times Herald Record,
14 February 2010.
of Rob Couteau at the Van Buren Gallery,” DWX blogspot, by Dan Wilcox,
7 February 2010.
Robert Couteau. Un americain a Paris,” by Alice Gaillard, Netsurf. Le magazine
Internet, May 1998. Interview of Rob Couteau, in French, conducted in Paris.
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