< Back to Search Results

Fanfare

FANFARE

Accession ID:

1986.1

Name:

Fanfare

Category:

Item

Type:

ArtWork

Maker:

John Coburn

Date:

c1978

Description

‘Fanfare’ is an outstanding John Coburn tapestry. Coburn is best known for his abstract paintings and prints with vibrant colours and formal harmonies of abstract organic forms and shapes derived from the landscape. However, the medium of tapestry brings a richness and depth of colour that gives a new dimension to his art. Coburn began designing tapestries in 1966 and was the first Australian artist to have his designs woven at the Aubusson tapestry workshop in France. In 1968, his creations were shown in a special exhibition of Aubusson tapestries and in 1969 he was commissioned to design two large tapestry curtains for the Sydney Opera House. ‘Fanfare’ epitomises Coburn’s distinctive approach to abstraction, as well as evoking a spiritual quality that is characteristic of his art. The bright red alludes to the life force, and the shapes appear to be dancing in harmony. Coburn said of the work: ‘At this time I had gone away from the simple, fairly geometric hard-edged paintings and the image had become more complicated, so there were a lot of smaller shapes spread out over the surface of the work. It is one of those works that’s joyous like a celebration.’ CONSTRUCTION: Aubusson Tapestry Workshop, France.


History

Lent by The Australiana Fund for inclusion in Tamworth Regional Gallery Collection.


Significance

Provenance: On long term loan from The Australia Council - was originally hung in the Prime Ministers Lodge, Canberra. The Australiana Fund #1981.18


Associated Subjects