Lot 43 | Auction XXXIV


LOT 43


B. Australia, 1925 – 2006

Game, 1971

Signed “coburn” on lower right

Gouache on paper

55 x 76 cm

Provenance Private Collection, Singapore

Illustrated in the soon to be published “777, Celebrating 7 Illustrious Years at KLAS” coffee table book published by KLAS in November 2018

RM25,000 – RM35,000


John Coburn was born in 1926 in the sugar town of Ingham in North Queensland. He was an Australian abstract painter, teacher, tapestry designer and printmaker. John Coburn painted for the past half a century according to a simple philosophy: “I want to express my feeling about nature and the world.” Adopting religious and spiritual themes in his pursuit of abstract art as his mode of expression has obliged Coburn to pursue a lonely course, apart from the mainstream of post-war Australian painters. It was only later, when the consistency of his approach had been appreciated and his paintings achieved greater depth and colour that his reputation spread and wider recognition been accorded. He is widely held to be one of Australia’s foremost abstract artist.