Gleeson's drawings of the late 1970s generated new images and ideas for paintings. He filled a number of drawing pads with drawings in charcoal and pastel - charcoal in particular, a 'painterly' medium, lent itself to free expression without the distraction of colour. Ten of his drawing pads were gifted to the AGNSW in 1994-95.
"I hadn't done much drawing at all between the mid 50s and 1975, then I started really drawing seriously again. From sketchbook after sketchbook, most of those I gave to the NSW Gallery ... and it was 1976 I think that those drawings began and they sort of built up and led into this last period", James Gleeson to Joseph Eisenberg 22 July 1998
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 60.
charcoal on pale green paper
30.4 x 47.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., pencil and charcoal "Gleeson 6.3.77".
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1994
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Shown in 1 exhibition
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
Referenced in 1 publication
Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Refined Destruction! Dainty Horror!', pg. 19-28, Sydney, 2003, 61 (colour illus.). cat.no. 20