Gleeson utilised bricks as imagery very early, e.g. 'We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit' 1940, 'Structural emblems of a friend' 1941 and 'The oracle' 1948. This drawing is for the reclining male figure in 'Sleep' painted in London. His desire to reveal what lies beneath the surface, a defining theme in Gleeson's work, was illustrated for him by exposed brickwork in bombed buildings in London after the war.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 47.
pencil, pen and blue ink, sienna and black ink wash on sketchbook page
14.0 x 22.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003