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An image of (Compositional studies of rock formations) by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
(Compositional studies of rock formations)
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1946
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pen and black ink, grey watercolour, opaque white, squared
Dimensions

15.4 x 12.4 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
135.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

'The nerve garden didn't decay. I wanted the rock to have a kind of movement you don't normally have in rock forms - animal-like movement ... the animation is taken from the figures and put into the rocks ...'

As a child Glesson spent many hours by coastal rock pools at Terrigal, NSW, where rock formations and the sea fascinated him. They became a recurring motif in his paintings from his earliest work to the present.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 41.

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 40 (colour illus.). cat.no. 7d

Exhibition history (1)

James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003