Born Geelong, Victoria, Australia 1924

Cuthbertson studied fine arts at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1955) and was awarded an arts fellowship (1969–70).

A modernist painter, he was interested in various forms of abstraction, ranging from cubism to abstract expressionism. His paintings of the 1960s while abstracted, retained representational content, drawing on narratives from the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the book of Genesis. Cuthbertson also painted landscapes.

Between 1961 and 1992 Cuthbertson held numerous solo shows throughout Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Geelong. In 1964 he won the Geelong Prize for watercolour, and in 1988 the Watercolour Australia Prize, Swan Hill Art Gallery.

His work is represented at the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, Parliament House, Canberra, and the regional galleries of Ballarat, Geelong, Bendigo and Hamilton.