Study for 'The authority of the shell'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
Painted following the Gulf War of 1990, Gleeson explained the title as: 'a play on words ... I think [it] was also the time of the war, and the shell was an explosive device, it was also a protection for sea creatures and it was the authority that gave off ...', James Gleeson 27 August 2002.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 101.
charcoal, paper collage on white wove paper
37.9 x 51.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 31.3.92".
Gift of the artist 2001
Not on display
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
Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, 'Refined Destruction! Dainty Horror!', pg. 19-28, Sydney, 2003, 23, 101 (colour illus.). cat.no. 46