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Title

Study for 'Fort-forms torn by sky quakes'

1985


Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008


About

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 Infinitely remote in time and place - yet at the same time something eternal ...', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.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.


Details


Date

1985


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal on ivory wove paper


Dimensions

30.5 x 45.8 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 18.8.85".


Credit

Gift of the artist 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

168.2001


Artist information

James Gleeson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

501


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 89 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37