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An image of Psychoscape I by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Psychoscape I
Media category
Materials used
charcoal, pastel, watercolour

70.4 x 51.5 cm image; 76.2 x 57.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l., pencil "Gleeson 28.7.80".
Purchased 1982
Accession number
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Not on display
Further information

The character and mood of this coloured drawing is similar to Gleeson's paintings from 1982 onwards. The first study for the drawing is a 3.8 x 3.2 cm thumbnail sketch in the AGNSW's Gleeson 'Sketchbook 1'. One of five small studies on the page, this tiny drawing differs very little from the much larger final drawing.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 70.

Bibliography (3)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 71 (colour illus.). 26

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian drawings: from the collection, Sydney, 1992. 21

Hendrik Kolenberg, Look, 'Revealing drawings: ideas that were turned into monumental paintings', pg. 22-26, Newtown, Mar 2003, 22 (colour illus.), 23.

Exhibition history (2)

Contemporary Australian Drawings - from the collection:

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