GLEESON, James (1915 - 2008)
The watcher at the third gate
Oil on board, 150 x 125 mm, signed lower right. Painted circa 1970s.
A fine example of Gleeson’s distinctive miniature scenes of a nude male figure in a psychoscape, an exploration of body and mind.
‘Renowned as Australia’s foremost surrealist painter and poet, James Gleeson’s oeuvre explores the human condition beyond visible reality and the limitations of the senses through powerful enigmas of fleshy biomorphic, mechanical and illusionistic landscape forms. In addition to his contributions to surrealism, throughout his career Gleeson made important contributions to the Australian art world as a dedicated writer, critic and affiliate of a number of art institutions.’
– Art Gallery of New South Wales https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/artists/gleeson-james/
Original frame, Cyril’s Framing Studio, Sydney, label verso, titled and signed in pen by James Gleeson
Lawsons, Monthly Antiques & Art, Sydney, 29/08/2008, Lot No. 2278 ($5040 IBP)
Christopher Day Gallery, Sydney (gallery label verso)
The Estate of David Andrew Pratten, Sydney
Shapiro Auctioneers, Australian & International Art, Sydney, 8 September 2020, lot 131