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Bird and Snake

Provenance: | NBN Corporate artwork collection

Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 88 x 105 cms
Date: 1978
Condition: Good

Artist CV: John Coburn (23/09/1925 - 07/11/2006)

Born in Ingham, Queensland in 1925, Coburn studied painting at East Sydney Technical College where he later taught. In 1956 he joined the ABC specialising in set design. He taught art at East Sydney Technical College from 1959–1966 and he later became Head of the National Art School at the College for two years. His painting may be described as tonal abstract expressionist. There is a strong religious theme throughout his work. He has been awarded various Australian art prizes, including the Blake Prize in 1960 and 1977 as co-winner. His work is represented in several state galleries and in the Newcastle Gallery. John Coburn died in 2006.


The highest paid for a John Coburn oil painting is $192,000, for a painting sold in 1979 ‘Transfiguration’


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Bird and Snake