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Title

Study for 'Blimp Garden II'

1983


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

The green paper suggests marine life or the subterranean, which Gleeson forgoes in the subsequent painting.

'The blimp itself, the great central shape, is like a stranded whale, something from another order of creation suddenly dumped or fallen into this strange landscape ... there is electric discharge going on, a beam of light, some sort of mechanical activity ... the bulbous blimp shape itself seems dead. It has been killed by its contact with this garden. Perhaps it has been brought down by these electrical discharges, like the Zeppelins over London in the First World War. I remember being enthralled by illustrations in the 'Illustrated London News' of which my Aunt had a whole series from before the First World War, because I remember the drawings of the sinking of the Titanic in them. I remember too, these Zeppelins being brought down over London', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 80.


Details


Other Title

Study for 'Blimp Garden II 1983', Ingres pad no.10


Date

1983


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

pastel on green paper


Dimensions

30.6 x 47.2 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l., black ink "Gleeson 6.1.83".


Credit

Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1995


Location

Not on display


Accession number

69.1995.5


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

479


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 80 (colour illus.). cat.no. 31