Frank Coburn is synonymous with the early Los Angeles art scene. He first moved to Los Angeles in 1908.
He painted principally in California and is most well known for landscapes. He was born in Chicago but will forever be associated with the vast lands of California which he brought to life on his canvases.
Coburn was extremely active in the Los Angeles art scene and was exhibited in local galleries all the way until the late 1920's. He was something of a bohemian and most of his arts background was a combination of self-teaching and natural talent, though he did study at the Art Institute of Chicago, but was not a graduate.
Prior to his fame in California, there is little information available about Frank Coburn. He was, apparently, already enjoying a career as an artist in his native Midwest but this period of his life is as murky as is the period of his life he spent living in California celebrated.
In addition to the landscapes for which Coburn is most well known, he rendered paintings of figures and of maritime themes. His style is bold and expressive, making studied use of color, lighting and brushwork to create a unique effect.