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Sketchbook no. 2



John Coburn


23 Sep 1925 – 07 Nov 2006

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Sketchbook , Drawing
    Materials used
    bound sketchbook: 50 bound leaves; 1 loose leaf of computer dot matrix paper; mixed media
    37.6 x 31.5 cm leaf; 38.0 x 32.5 x 1.8 cm closed book; 38.0 x 65.0 cm open book
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated upper c. inside front cover, black ball-point pen "John Coburn/ Sydney 1973-74-75-76-77".

    Gift of Doreen Coburn, the artist's widow 2007
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of John Coburn/Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    John Coburn

    Works in the collection


  • About

    John Coburn was one of the most successful and celebrated of modern Australian artists. Born in Queensland he studied, lived and taught in Sydney for most of his working life, establishing himself as a major artist since the early 1960s. Painter, printmaker and designer of tapestries he is perhaps best known for his simplified and stylized abstract paintings and screenprints, as well as tapestries designed and made at Aubusson, France. He was Head of the National Art School in the early 1970s and a trustee of the Gallery 1976-80. There are a number of books devoted to his work, including those by Allen Rozen 1980, Nadine Amadio 1988 and Lou Klepac 2005.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2007

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