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An image of Study for 'The arrival of implacable gifts' by James Gleeson

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

Title
Study for 'The arrival of implacable gifts'
Year
1985
Media category
Drawing
Materials used
charcoal on white wove Arches paper
Dimensions

56.8 x 76.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.l. corner, charcoal "Gleeson 31.1.85".
Credit
Gift of the artist 1985
Accession number
407.1985
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Location
Not on display
Further information

"We often wish for things, that if the wish were granted, it would be detrimental for us. The gift would overawe us. If we get the gift it could dominate or wreck our real life. It occurred to me that this idea was linked up with the Cargo Cult. Primitive people thought gifts would come from the sky, dropped from silver-winged birds. These gifts would make life easy, fulfil their heart's desire. So often these gifts turn out to be anything but beneficent. So I thought of a sky like a stormy sea where incoming gifts are deposited like wreckage on people underneath, including me - right under the fallout. The sea deposits all these things that were longed for, that turn out to be things that bind us or even destroy us."
- James Gleeson 1986

Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2000

Bibliography (5)

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

Hendrik Kolenberg, Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1997, 126 (illus.). cat.no. 124

Hendrik Kolenberg, Contemporary Australian drawings: from the collection, Sydney, 1992, illus.. cat.no. 22

Barry Pearce, Australian art: in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The enduring image', pg. 265-266, Sydney, 2000, 280 (illus.), 300.

Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Refined Destruction! Dainty Horror!', pg. 19-28, Sydney, 2003, 23, 86 (colour illus.), 87. cat.no. 35

Exhibition history (5)

Contemporary Australian Drawings - from the collection:

Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

Australian drawings from the Gallery's collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Dec 1997–15 Mar 1998

Australian icons: twenty artists from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Aug 2000–03 Dec 2000

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