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Study for 'Lapsed shadows re-cycled to a capable coast'



James Gleeson


21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Drawing , Collage
    Materials used
    charcoal, photocopy collage on white wove paper
    38.0 x 51.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., black ink "Gleeson 21.3.88".

    Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1991
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    James Gleeson

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  • About

    '[It was] done with the idea of the Sunshine Coast, where I used to spend the summer holidays ... I wanted to show how threatening forms can be really quite beautiful ... It's one of those paintings that I did when I was very interested in negative shapes in black and contrasting them with positive, three-dimensional shapes, forms, organic forms ... a feature of a number of works', James Gleeson 17 August 2002.

    This drawing is typical of late drawings in which Gleeson uses collage more frequently. He generally begins drawing in charcoal, adding collage subsequently, which he selects from a large collection of random organic and mechanical forms, photocopied or cut from various sources. The identity of the elements he selects is irrelevant to his purpose; they are chosen for their shape and texture alone.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 91.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Pamela Bell, Imprint, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', pg. 4-5, Melbourne, Winter 2003, 4 (illus.), 5. Review of exhibition held at the AGNSW.

    • Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 90 (colour illus.), 91. cat.no. 38

Other works by James Gleeson

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