Study for 'Aurora sapiens'
21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008
The first study for this drawing is in the AGNSW's Gleeson 'Sketchbook 1', from before 1987.
'I've always been interested, but especially in the last few years, in the mutability of shapes, and changing almost as you look at them ... This is how I think of life, as mutable, everything changed from instant to instant and forms do mutate and change', James Gleeson 27 August 2002.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 105.
charcoal, paper collage on white wove paper
37.8 x 50.9 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., charcoal "Gleeson 6.2.94".
Gift of the artist 2001
Not on display
Shown in 2 exhibitions
James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Apr 2003–15 Jun 2003
James Gleeson centenary: works from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–27 Jan 2016
Referenced in 1 publication
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, James Gleeson: drawings for paintings, Sydney, 2003, 104 (colour illus.), 105. cat.no. 48