Tex Coulter: The Norman Rockwell of Hockey Artists

This print was painted by a fellow named Tex Coulter. He always signed his works simply as “Tex’ and much of his art was found in Maple Leaf Gardens calendars and on the covers of Hockey Pictorial and Blueline magazine in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. This piece on Jacques Plante and Tom Johnson is from a 1959-60 Gardens calendar.

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6 thoughts on “Tex Coulter: The Norman Rockwell of Hockey Artists”

  1. I have a vinyl 45rpm record with a picture sleeve of Toronto Maple Leaf star Dick Duff that says ‘Painting of Dickie Duff by Tex Coulter.’ The stats on the back of the sleeve end in the 1959-60 season. This looks like it was probably a ‘series’ of interviews by Ed Fitkin, but I have never seen any other records/sleeves from this series. Anybody know about them? Was Tex the artist on any others?

  2. Hi Fred, thanks for that. All I know about Leafs’ records was that there was a series and I can picture in mind the covers but I think they came later, like about 1967. So the ones you describe are very intriguing, especially if Tex Coulter did the artwork. I’m going to keep this in mind and see what I can find. Hopefully someone else will know. Thanks again.

  3. My father and “Tex” Coulter were good friends. I am interested in Tex’s works. Could you give me an idea how many “works” Ted may have done, svp?

  4. Stephen, I don’t know how many Tex made but I do know that through much of the late 1950’s and early 60’s, Tex’ art graced the covers of Hockey Pictorial, and that’s a lot of artwork. So he must have been been a busy man, and he was just excellent.

  5. Stephan,

    Tex was my father in law and from 1967 and up I saw all of the paintings he did. My family has many of them and he was indeed profilic.

    Gavin McKinlay

  6. Gavin

    Thank you kindly for your info. I have a portrait of my father (done by Tex), circa 1962 – Montreal. I think it is one Tex’s finest pieces. Please keep in touch as I am interested in Tex’s works, especially from my own artistic perspective. I am also interested in Tex’s connection to my father (i.e. the
    Montreal Alouettes, Loyola College Warriors Football, University sports in Canada/Army/Texas, coaching and ART).

    At your convenience

    Stephen Kennedy

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