Study for 'Lapsed shadows re-cycled to a capable coast'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
'[It was] done with the idea of the Sunshine Coast, where I used to spend the summer holidays ... I wanted to show how threatening forms can be really quite beautiful ... It's one of those paintings that I did when I was very interested in negative shapes in black and contrasting them with positive, three-dimensional shapes, forms, organic forms ... a feature of a number of works', James Gleeson 17 August 2002.
This drawing is typical of late drawings in which Gleeson uses collage more frequently. He generally begins drawing in charcoal, adding collage subsequently, which he selects from a large collection of random organic and mechanical forms, photocopied or cut from various sources. The identity of the elements he selects is irrelevant to his purpose; they are chosen for their shape and texture alone.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 91.
charcoal, paper collage on white wove paper
38.0 x 51.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black ink "Gleeson 21.3.88".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1991
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
James Gleeson centenary: works from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–27 Jan 2016