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James Gleeson- Australian surrealist

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by BigJoe, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. BigJoe

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    I am a huge fan of this mans work, since everyone else seems to be posting art threads i thought i would expose you all to some trully impacting australian art.
    James Gleeson
    "Storm Warning", 1992, oil on canvas, 152 x 204 cm
    "Primavera", 1995, oil on canvas, 133 x 178 cm
    "A Night Attack", 1998, oil on canvas, 133 x 178 cm
    "Storm", 1998, oil on canvas, 178 x 133 cm

    Born Sydney, 21 November 1915

    Lives and works in Sydney

    James Gleeson is the leading surrealist painter in Australia, with an active career spanning 60 years. Below is a brief résumé. A detailed CV is available on request.

    Exhibitions include
    1940s Regular exhibitor at the annual exhibitions of the Contemporary Art Society
    1950s Six exhibitions with Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1960s Exhibitions with Macquarie, South Yarra, Bonython, Johnstone and Skinner Galleries
    1980-90 Regular exhibitions with Watters Gallery, Sydney, and Pinacoteca, Melbourne

    Major public exhibitions include
    1956 Contemporary Australian Painters, Pacific Loan Exhibition on SS Orcades
    1961 Recent Australian Painting, Whitechapel Gallery, London
    1962 Australian Painting, Australian State Galleries and Tate Gallery, London
    1988 Creating Australia: 200 years of art 1788-1988, all State Galleries
    1993 Surrealism - Revolution by Night, National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of NSW.

    Two monographs have been published on his work:
    Lou Klepac, James Gleeson, Landscape out of Nature, Beagle Press, 1987
    Renee Free, James Gleeson, Images from the Shadows, Craftsman House, 1993
    and a major catalogue will be published with the forthcoming Retrospective exhibition.

    James Gleeson made a serious contribution to art history, scholarship, criticism and administration from the 1950s to 1980s. Art critic for the Sydney Sun / Morning Herald 1949-72; author of definitive monographs on William Dobell (1964) and Robert Klippel (1983), and of general texts - Colonial, Impressionist and Modern Painters (1971); member of the Commonwealth Art Advisory Board, 1972; the Acquisitions Committee, 1973-6; the Council of the National Gallery of Australia, 1976-82; Foundation Member of the Australian Division of International Art Critics, 1972; Commissioner Sao Paulo Biennale, 1973; awarded AM, 1975; and AO, 1990; D.Litt, Macquarie University 1989.

    1934-6 East Sydney Technical College, Sydney
    1938 BA Dip Ed, Sydney Teachers Collage
    1939-40Teachers Collage Scholarship, two years training general Primary School Teaching
    1943 President, Contemporary Art Society, New South Wales Branch
    1945-46 Lecturer-in-art, Sydney Teachers Collage _ techniques and art history
    1947-49Traveled extensively London. Pairs. Holland. Italy.
    1949 Returned to Sydney. Never Returned to teaching
    1949-72 Art critic for The Sun newspaper
    1962-72 Art critic for The Herald Sun newspaper
    1971 Director, Sir William Dobell Art Foundation
    Judge, Sao Paolo International Bienal
    1972 Appointed to Commonwealth Art Advisory Board
    Foundation Member of the Australian Division of International Art Critics
    1973 Australian Commissioner, 12th Sao Paulo International Bienal, Brazil
    Chairman, Acquisitions Committee, Australian National Gallery
    Judge, Tokyo International Bienal of Prints
    1974 Awarded AM _ Member of Order of Australia
    1975-78 Visiting Curator of Australian art, Australian National Gallery
    1976-82Member of the First Council of the Australian National Gallery
    1989 Degree of Doctor of Letter, Honoris Causa, Macquarie University, Sydney
    1990 Awarded AO _ Officer of the Order of Australia

    1950 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1951 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1954-56 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1958 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1961 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1963 Skinner Galleries, Perth
    South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne
    1964 Johnstone Gallery Brisbane
    1965 Von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle
    1966-67 Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
    1968 South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne
    1969 Bonython Gallery, Adelaide
    1970 Macquarie Gallery, Sydney
    1971 Johnstone Gallery, Brisbane
    1973 Prouds Gallery, Sydney
    1981 Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
    1982 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1983 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1986 Pinacotheca, Melbourne
    Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1987 Black Swan Gallery, Fremantle
    Pinacotheca, Melbourne
    David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    1988 Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
    Pinacotheca, Melbourne
    Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1989 BMG Fine Art, Adelaide
    Pinacotheca, Melbourne
    1990 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    1991 Pinacotheca Gallery, Melbourne
    1992 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    1994 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    1999 Watters Gallery, Sydney
    Pinacotheca, Melbourne
    2000 Charles Nodrum Gallery
    Watters Gallery, Sydney
    2001 Charles Nodrum Gallery

    1938 Sydney Teachers College, May Marsden's Students
    1939-41 Annual Exhibitions, Teachers Federation Arts Society, Sydney
    1939-46 Inaugural Exhibition, Contemporary Art Society, Melbourne, June 1939
    Annual Exhibitions, Contemporary Art Society, Sydney
    1948 Joint Exhibition with Robert Klippel, London Gallery, London
    1949-50 Annual Exhibitions, Contemporary Art Society, Sydney
    1950 '110 Years of Australian Art', Blaxland Gallery, Sydney
    1954 The Blake Prize for Religious Art, 2nd Prize
    1955 Exhibition of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the Olympic Games,
    'Contemporary Australian Painters', Pacific Loan Exhibition on board SS
    Orcades - Sydney, Auckland, Honolulu, Vancouver, San Francisco;
    then exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
    1961 'Recent Australian Paintings', Whitechapel Gallery, London
    1963 Australian Painting', Tate Gallery, London
    1978 'Contemporary Australian Drawing', Traveling Exhibition,
    Joint Exhibition with Robert Klippel, Rudy Komon Gallery, Sydney
    1985-89 'Modern Australian Painting', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
    1986 'Oz Drawing Now', Holdsworth Contemporary Gallery, Sydney
    '33 Male Artists', Heide Park and Art Gallery, Melbourne
    'The New Romantics', Macquarie Gallery, Sydney
    1987 'The Age of Collage', Holdsworth Galleries, Sydney
    1988 'The Self Portrait', David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    The University of Sydney - Pictures from the collection
    1988-89 'Creating Australia', Traveling Exhibition to all States
    1989 'Levels of Consciousness', David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    1990 'The Painters Poet', David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    1991 'The Medium Pastel', David Jones Art Gallery, Sydney
    'Australian Surrealist Painting', Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne
    1993 'Surrealism in Australia', Australian National Gallery
    2001 A Century of Collecting: 1901-2001, Ivan Dogherty Gallery, UNSW
    Male Nude - A Private View, Charles Nodrum Gallery
    Meditations, Mass Gallery, Melbourne

    more in a min.
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    Irregular behaviour of a setting sun / James Gleeson / 133x178cm / 1996
    James Gleeson
    On the Verge of Becoming 1997
    oil on canvas
    134 x 200 cm
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    James Gleeson
    The Watching Eye of Night 1999
    oil on canvas
    133 x 178 cm
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    The Predicament of a Sphinx

    James Gleeson


    151 x 202 cm
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    Theme: Patriotic Duty

    Artist: James GLEESON
    Birth/Death: 1915

    Title: The sower
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    some of those remind me lots of dali.
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    yes you can see that his earlier work was highly influenced by S Dali , as where many other surrealists, but i think it is unarguable that further on in his carreer he developed a distinctly individual style and the comment of his work is trully powerfull.