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Title

Study for 'The moonrise sharpshooter'

1985

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    1985
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    charcoal on white wove paper
    Dimensions
    37.9 x 51.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.l., charcoal "Gleeson 15.8.85".

    Credit
    Gift of the artist 2001
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    167.2001
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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  • About

    This atmospheric drawing with a full moon, again reveals Gleeson's indebtedness to J M W Turner (British 1775-1851). Gleeson studied Turner's work closely in London in the early 1970s.

    To the left of the composition is a reclining marksman aiming a rifle in the direction of the moon. The inclusion of a figure recalls Gleeson's approach in the 1960s which placed hyper-real male nudes in similarly imaginary landscapes (e.g. 'Crater with revenant' 1966). In the 1960s however, Gleeson's landscapes were the product of decalcomania, a surrealist technique pioneered by Max Ernst and others in which images are created by pressing paint between surfaces. On the other hand, his late landscapes are based on preparatory drawings, rather than relying on chance effects.

    Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 88.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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