An image of (Rock studies)

James Gleeson

(Australia 21 Nov 1915 – 20 Oct 2008)

(Rock studies), from Studies for 'The nerve garden'

Location
Not on display
Further information

'The nerve garden didn't decay. I wanted the rock to have a kind of movement you don't normally have in rock forms - animal-like movement ... the animation is taken from the figures and put into the rocks ...'

As a child Glesson spent many hours by coastal rock pools at Terrigal, NSW, where rock formations and the sea fascinated him. They became a recurring motif in his paintings from his earliest work to the present.

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'James Gleeson: drawings for paintings', Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2003, pg. 41.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1946
Media
Drawing
Medium
blue ball-point pen, grey/blue wash
Dimensions
22.8 x 14.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Frank O'Keefe 1993
Accession number
137.1993
Copyright
© Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation