10 November, 2006

John Coburn

The artist who created some of Australia's most distinctive and vivid paintings and tapestries, John Coburn, has died.

The 81-year-old died in his sleep yesterday morning.

His colourful works have been displayed in all major galleries in Australia, with some owned by the Sydney Opera House and the Vatican.

He won the Blake Prize for Religious Art twice in his career.

Mr Coburn told the ABC's Arts Today program in 2000 that religion was a part of his art.

"I don't think of it consciously but apparently people say it's there so it must come out in what I do," he said.

New South Wales Art Gallery director Edmund Capon says Mr Coburn was often described as an abstract artist but he was mostly inspired by nature.



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