Study for 'Fort-forms torn by sky quakes'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
Gleeson visited Bolivia twice, in 1971 and 1973. During the latter trip he made a crossing of Lake Titicaca, a remote and highly elevated lake in the Andes, which is the basis for this surrealist landscape.
'Sky quakes - nature in turmoil. Fort forms suggest there was human activity and now nature is pulling it apart ... Places like Bolivia - Titicaca - gave me an extraordinary feeling of remoteness in time of some civilisation. That Andes experience may have influenced this. Infinitely remote in time and place - yet at the same time something eternal ...', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 89.
charcoal on ivory wove paper
30.5 x 45.8 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 18.8.85".
Gift of the artist 2001
Not on display
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 89 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37