1868 - 1937
Gordon Coutts was born in Aberdeen in 1868. He began his art studies at the Glasgow School of Art before venturing south to study in London. He continued his studies at the Académie Julian, Paris, under Lefebvre, and the National Gallery School, Melbourne from 1891 to 1893. He won first prizes for "Painting Head from Life" in 1892 and 1893 and received an Honourable Mention for his Travelling Scholarship entry. In 1896 he moved to Sydney where he taught at the Art Society of New South Wales until 1899 when he returned to Europe. From 1890 to 1902 he was a regular exhibitor at the Victorian Artists' Society in Melbourne, and the Royal Art Society in Sydney.