James Gleeson
Drawings for Paintings 1938-2000
Sat 12 April - Sun 15 June 2003
Lower Level 2

This exhibition honours Australia's premier surrealist, James Gleeson. Now in his 88th year, Gleeson has produced a formidable body of drawings and paintings that explore the reaches of his unique imagination.

The exhibition presents a major reassessment the inter-relationship between drawing and painting in Gleeson's oeuvre. It proffers new perspectives on his distinctive iconography and the themes that have fascinated him throughout his long career. Included are some of his earliest drawings, made in the late 1930s to the most recent, as well as a small selection of paintings.

The selected works are primarily from the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection, as well as key loans from private and public collections. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated colour catalogue.

Within the exhibition will be an introductory video (2002) including an interview with the artist and occasional readings of Surrealist poetry (starting in May).


James Gleeson Study for 'Lapsed shadows recycled to a capable coast' 1988. Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1991

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