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An image of Study for 'Sleep' by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
Study for 'Sleep'
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
Year
1948
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
pencil, pen and blue ink, sienna and black ink wash on sketchbook page
Dimensions

14.0 x 22.6 cm sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
173.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 47 (colour illus.). cat.no. 11

Hendrik Kolenberg, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Introduction', pg. 11-16, Sydney, 2003, 13.

Exhibition history (1)

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