Dr John Kean has published extensively on Indigenous art and the representation of nature in Australian museums. He is a regular visitor to Papunya and adjacent Aboriginal communities in Central Australia, where he maintains ongoing relationships with the descendants of the founding Papunya Tula artists. John was Art Advisor at Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, (1977-79), inaugural Exhibition Coordinator at Tandanya: the National Aboriginal Cultural Institute (1989-92), Exhibition Coordinator at Fremantle Arts Centre (1993-96) and Producer with Museums Victoria (1996-2010). In 2004, John was the Thomas Ramsay Science and Humanities Fellow, Museums Victoria. John was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Art History) at University of Melbourne in 2020.