We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

Title

After the eclipse

1983

Artist

James Gleeson

Australia

21 Nov 1915 - 20 Oct 2008

  • Details

    Date
    1983
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    pastel, watercolour
    Dimensions
    35.5 x 50.7 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r., watercolour "Gleeson 15.1.83".

    Credit
    Purchased 1989
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    75.1989
    Copyright
    © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    James Gleeson

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection

    501

    Share
  • About

    Before embarking on the oil paintings of the 1980s, Gleeson made a series of drawings in watercolour and pastel, experimenting with different mediums in order to ascertain which served his working process best. He soon came to reject the use of colour in his preliminary drawings, as it confined him too rigidly, at too early a stage, in the overall process.

    '... I hadn't worked much in watercolour and just for a year or so I had a spate of watercolours, followed by a spate of pastels ... Basically I was trying to discover what I could do with watercolour. I knew what I could do with oil paint, but I wasn't sure what I could do with watercolour. And they were experiments really, in discovering its mysteries and its possibilities. And the same with pastel. I was fascinated by Degas' pastels, the way he crusted them on, and I was interested in giving them that sort of textured quality', Gleeson quoted in Renée Free's unpublished catalogue of James Gleeson's work.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. 77.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

Other works by James Gleeson

See more works