This painting was painted the same year Coburn won the prestigious Blake Prize for religious art. The prize became a turning point for the artist and was followed by a successful exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, Coburn’s third solo exhibition.
Tableland is grounded by the moon (or sun) shape, positioning the abstract composition clearly as a landscape. The flat shapes settling into his signature mode of expression. Coburn was experimenting with texture at this time and the painting has regular beach sand mixed into the paint to give it a rough earthy quality.