(Four compositional studies of rock formations), from Studies for 'The nerve garden'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
'The nerve garden didn't decay. I wanted the rock to have a kind of movement you don't normally have in rock forms - animal-like movement ... the animation is taken from the figures and put into the rocks ...'
As a child Glesson spent many hours by coastal rock pools at Terrigal, NSW, where rock formations and the sea fascinated him. They became a recurring motif in his paintings from his earliest work to the present.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 41.
pen and black ink, grey watercolour, opaque white
15.6 x 12.4 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Where the work was made
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
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 40 (colour illus.). cat.no. 7c