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JOHN COBURN         Australia   1925-2006

 

John Coburn's art is amongst the most highly recognised in Australian art, distinguished by his symbolistic paintings, tapestries and screenprints. His commissions included two large tapestries for the Sydney Opera House and seven tapestries for the John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, DC. In his formative years, Coburn was influenced by the vividly coloured abstract works emerging through the Modernist movements in Europe; Cubist works by Pablo Picasso and Fauvist works by Henri Matisse. He was drawn to the Abstract Expressionist movement in America, particularly inspired by the work of Mark Rothko who was developing philosophies that pursued pure abstraction, where colour and form was no longer dependent on the mythologies or motifs that dominated his earlier work,  drawing more to the symbolism and philosophies of Eastern and Western religions. His works can be seen in a separatist viewpoint; religious spirituality and the spiritual essence of nature.

 

 

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