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Title

Study for 'Activated still life'

1983

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    1983
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal on light grey/green laid paper
    Dimensions
    30.5 x 47.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., charcoal "Gleeson 17.12.83".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    161.2001
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    'Chrysalis or parcel at back. Bay of wind - escaping mysteries. Blew him? Ulysses? out of his course. Aggressive form - lava. Lower half - potential action - bulky forms of still life yet capable of activity. The lower half is going to be a dangerous form of activity ...', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.

    'Study for 'Activated still life'' suggests weaponry, fuselage or other invented metallic structures. Inspired by various sources from Gleeson's subconscious, the works of the early to mid 1980s often resemble the imagery associated with science fiction.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 83.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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