Dance of the Brolga

Available at: Buderim Art Studio

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I’m delighted to offer this distinctive and elegant abstract by John Coburn, one of very few works by Coburn of this size and fine quality currently available in the Australian art market. Born in Ingham in 1925, John Coburn AM is regarded as Australia’s foremost abstract artist. He worked as a painter, teacher, tapestry designer and printmaker.

Coburn served in the Australian Navy during World War II. After the war he studied at East Sydney Technical College and went on to teach there from 1959-66. In addition to producing paintings, Coburn also designed tapestries, which became a very important aspect of his work. To further his tapestry skills, Coburn and his family lived in France from 1969-1972, where he worked in Paris for an old-established tapestry-weaving firm.  This firm weaved his famous Sydney Opera House curtains, “The Sun” and “The Moon”.

After returning to Australia, Coburn became Head of the National Art School at East Sydney Technical College for two years and continued his art career, exhibiting  all over Australia and in New Zealand, Paris, London, Bologna, Moscow, Washington, New York, Montreal, Brazil, Japan, Manila and India. Coburn also exhibited at World Expo in Brisbane in 1988, had his Kakadu series of paintings hung in the Australian Embassy in Paris, and designed sets for the Western Australian Ballet.

Coburn was awarded a Trustee of Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1977.  He won numerous art prizes and in 1980 was awarded an AM for services to the arts. John Coburn passed away in 2006.

Acrylic on Canvas on Board
75 x 60 cm
98 x 82 cm
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