John Coburn was an iconic Australian abstract artist, who was also known for his tapestry work. At the early stages of his career, Coburn was influenced by the works of abstraction that arose amongst the modernist movements throughout Europe such as Cubism and Fauvism and also the Abstract Expressionist work that emerged from America. He is most recognised for his work produced during the 1970s onward in which he created his own abstract language exploring his ideas of nature and spirituality. This work drew influence from eastern and western philosophies, religion and art.
Coburn’s work is represented in many of the major galleries in Australia and is also a part of collections overseas including the Vatican Museum in rome. His tapestries hang in the Sydney Opera House and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.