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James Gleeson- Australian surrealist

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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


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Originally posted by WISE

some of those remind me lots of dali.

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.

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