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Two hippocritters in tumultuous circumstances



James Gleeson


21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008

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  • Details

    Media categories
    Drawing , Collage
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint, photocopy collage, brush and ink, wash, frottage on paper
    102.5 x 69.0 cm sheet; 129.7 x 94.3 x 3.7 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r.corner black ink, "Gleeson '78".

    Purchased 1987
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

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    James Gleeson

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  • About

    "When you make collages - and I did quite a few quite early in the piece - you bring together random elements. However, you do make a judgement on an aesthetic level as to whether they work or not. It doesn't matter whether they're related in a rational way or not, but they must work together aesthetically."
    - James Gleeson 1993

    Gleeson began making a large number of collages at a period when he was unable to paint consistently, due to commitments as an advisor to the National Gallery of Australia. They are complex juxtapositions of drawn and collaged elements; ink is applied to the paper in a number of ways - for example, with a brush onto dampened paper which is then pressed on a textured surface, leaving a ghostly impression, or using the technique of frottage, where the paper is rubbed with a crayon or wax, allowing a texture underneath to be superimposed on the image.

    'Two hippocritters in tumultuous circumstances' is from one of his most important series of collages, the 'Locus-Solus' suite, derived from a surrealist novel by Raymond Roussel, also the name of a work conceived jointly by Gleeson and Robert Klippel between 1972 and 1978.

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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