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An image of (Two compositional studies of rocks etc) by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
(Two compositional studies of rocks etc)
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1946
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pen and black ink, sienna ink
Dimensions

22.8 x 14.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
138.1993
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, 41 (colour illus.). cat.no. 7f

Exhibition history (1)

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