John Coburn is among Australia's most celebrated abstract artists. At first glance his work - composed of organic shapes scattered across a flat plane - is an aesthetic harmony. Upon closer inspection however, it betrays something deeper. Channeled through quasi-religious themes and iconographic stories, Coburn deftly crosses aesthetic, earthly and divine themes.
Influenced by European culture, Roman Catholicism, Aboriginal spiritualities and nature, Coburn continues - and evolves - elements of Matisse, Miro, Mondrian and Picasso and Rothko. His unique blend of abstraction and spirituality fascinated Coburn’s agnostic contemporaries with fellow artist Charles Blackman once reflecting:
“John Coburn… strives for the ideal. His commitment to the organic shape of his religious feeling has been unfailing.”
‘Tree of Life’ is a luscious work. Backed by real gold leaf, Coburn presents the Jewish menorah as the Tree of Life. The effect is transcendental, brought to life by rich pigments and a careful, considered composition.
This original 13 colour screenprint was printed by Barbara Coburn, Sydney. Backed by a strong secondary market, for collectors of abstract, spiritual and modern art, Coburn work is vital. He continues to be collected widely, beloved for his graphic impact and philosophical tenor.
John COBURN (1925 - 2006)
'Tree of Life' 1974
screenprint on paper
Edition of 50
Image Size: 56 x 57 cm
Dimensions: 80 x 80 x 4 cm
Signed: Signed, titled and editioned within image
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Condition is good. Very slight reveal of the red beneath the gold leaf. 13 Colour screenprint with gold leaf. Slight distress to frame.
REFERENCE:John Coburn: Prints 1959-2000, Australian Galleries, Sydney & Melbourne, 2000, cat.16 p.29
© John Coburn / Copyright Agency 2020
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