Study for 'Games in a bad-weather crèche'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
'Playground for baby storms - infant meteorological disturbances. Really like a place where the weather of the world is germinated and ready to go out and wreak havoc. It's one of the richest paintings I've done', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.
Two motifs that frequently recur in Gleeson's late work are internal bodily organs (viscera) and water. The gentle lapping of water on a beach recalls his boyhood experience at Terrigal and later holidays at Perigean on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 84.
Study for 'Games in a bad-weather creche'
charcoal on ivory wove paper
38.0 x 51.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 22.12.83".
Gift of the artist 2001
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
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 84 (colour illus.), 85 (colour illus., detail). cat.no. 34