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Painter, b. 1915 - d. 2008

James Timothy Gleeson (21 November 1915 – 20 October 2008) was an Australian artist. He served on the board of the National Gallery of Australia.

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      • JAMES GLEESON, 1915 - 2008, The Wanderer in the Rain, 2002, oil on board, 20 x 24 cm (frame: 36 x 41 x 4 cm)
        Feb. 21, 2024

        JAMES GLEESON, 1915 - 2008, The Wanderer in the Rain, 2002, oil on board, 20 x 24 cm (frame: 36 x 41 x 4 cm)

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        JAMES GLEESON 1915 - 2008 The Wanderer in the Rain, 2002 oil on board

        Lawsons
      • § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 5...
        Feb. 15, 2024

        § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 5...

        Est: $2,000 - $4,000

        § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 57CM, FRAME SIZE: 105 X 85CM PROVENANCE: MENZIES, SYDNEY, 27 JUNE 2013, LOT 92; PRIVATE COLLECTION, MELBOURNE

        Leonard Joel
      • § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 5...
        Feb. 08, 2024

        § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 5...

        Est: $2,500 - $4,500

        § JAMES GLEESON, SCISSOR MAN DISGUISED AS A HILLTOP ORACLE 1976, AIRBRUSH AND COLLAGE ON PAPER, SIGNED AND DATED LOWER RIGHT, 75 X 57CM, FRAME SIZE: 105 X 85CM PROVENANCE: MENZIES, SYDNEY, 27 JUNE 2013, LOT 92; PRIVATE COLLECTION, MELBOURNE

        Leonard Joel
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Figure In Psychoscape oil on board 15.5 x 13 cm signed 'Gleeson' lower right
        Feb. 07, 2024

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Figure In Psychoscape oil on board 15.5 x 13 cm signed 'Gleeson' lower right

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008)  Figure In Psychoscape  oil on board  15.5 x 13 cm  signed 'Gleeson' lower right

        Lawsons
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right
        Jan. 18, 2024

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right

        Lawsons
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right
        Jan. 18, 2024

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 30 x 28 x 3 cm) signed lower right

        Lawsons
      • [AUSTRALIAN ART] James Gleeson: Landscape Out of Nature (Deluxe Edition)
        Jan. 04, 2024

        [AUSTRALIAN ART] James Gleeson: Landscape Out of Nature (Deluxe Edition)

        Est: $400 - $500

        Lou Klepac James Gleeson: Landscape Out of Nature Syndey: The Beagle Press, 1987. Deluxe Edition. Signed by the Artist. 31cm x 25cm. 112 pages, colour illustrations, 1 original signed and numbered lithograph. Full green leather, gilt lettering, plain paper jacket, slipcase. One of the collector's deluxe edition, limited to 100 copies, of which this is number 55, specially bound in leather and containing an umber lithograph, Comet II, limited to 50 signed and numbered copies, of which this is number 5. With an introduction by Lou Klepac. The print is in Fine Condition. Minor foxing. Inscribed by Gleeson on the half-title page to Geoffrey Walker. Jacket spine tanned. Very Good Condition.

        The Book Merchant Jenkins
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 11.5 cm (frame: 30 x 27 x 5 cm) signed lower right; Birthright "...
        Dec. 14, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 11.5 cm (frame: 30 x 27 x 5 cm) signed lower right; Birthright "...

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 11.5 cm (frame: 30 x 27 x 5 cm) signed lower right; Birthright "Art '77 Exhibition" label verso

        Lawsons
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 12 cm (frame: 33 x 30 x 4 cm) signed lower right
        Dec. 14, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 12 cm (frame: 33 x 30 x 4 cm) signed lower right

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 14.5 x 12 cm (frame: 33 x 30 x 4 cm) signed lower right

        Lawsons
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), Nude in Psychoscape
        Nov. 29, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), Nude in Psychoscape

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Nude in Psychoscape oil on board 20.5 x 15.5 cm; 47.5 x 41.0 cm (framed) signed lower right: Gleeson

        Menzies
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) The Homecoming of Agamemnon, 2001
        Nov. 28, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) The Homecoming of Agamemnon, 2001

        Est: $25,000 - $35,000

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) The Homecoming of Agamemnon, 2001 signed and dated lower left: 'GlEEson 01' signed, dated and inscribed verso: ''THE HOME-COMING OF AGAMEMNON' / 2001 / James Gleeson' oil on canvas 133.0 x 178.0cm (52 3/8 x 70 1/16in).

        Bonhams
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Guardian of the Rock, 1983
        Nov. 28, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Guardian of the Rock, 1983

        Est: $8,000 - $12,000

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Guardian of the Rock, 1983 signed and dated lower right: 'Gleeson '83' titled, signed, dated and inscribed verso: 'Guardian of the Rock. 11.11.83 / James Gleeson / Varnished With W + N Wax Varnish, 1984, JG' oil and applied forms on board 51.0 x 40.5cm (20 1/16 x 15 15/16in).

        Bonhams
      • GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Discovery of Fire', Oil on Board, 15x11cm
        Nov. 25, 2023

        GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Discovery of Fire', Oil on Board, 15x11cm

        Est: $1,800 - $2,500

        GLEESON, James (1915-2008) 'The Discovery of Fire' Oil on Board 15x11cm PROVENANCE: The Estate of Michael Humphries, Melbourne; Leonard Joel, Melbourne, 31st August 2021 (lot 143); private collection, Sydney.

        Davidson Auctions
      • GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Searcher', Oil on Board, 14.5x12cm
        Nov. 25, 2023

        GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Searcher', Oil on Board, 14.5x12cm

        Est: $1,800 - $2,500

        GLEESON, James (1915-2008) 'The Searcher' Oil on Board 14.5x12cm

        Davidson Auctions
      • GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Discontinued Line,' 1981., Oil on Board, 50.5x40.5cm
        Nov. 25, 2023

        GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'The Discontinued Line,' 1981., Oil on Board, 50.5x40.5cm

        Est: $14,000 - $18,000

        GLEESON, James (1915-2008) 'The Discontinued Line,' 1981. Oil on Board 50.5x40.5cm PROVENANCE: James Gleeson, Sydney; Prouds, New South Wales; private collection, New South Wales (acquired from the above on 5th February 1982); Smith & Singer, Sydney, 12th April 2022 (lot 74); private collection, Sydney.

        Davidson Auctions
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Study for Soiree Apocalyptica, 2004
        Nov. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Study for Soiree Apocalyptica, 2004

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        charcoal on paper, signed and dated l.l.c. 'Gleeson, 8.1.04'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape
        Nov. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape

        Est: $1,200 - $1,800

        oil on board

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1960
        Nov. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1960

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        oil on board, signed l.r.c. 'Gleeson'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled #301, 2008 charcoal and collage 38 x 28 cm (frame: 69 x 58 x 2 cm) signed, dated and numbered '...
        Nov. 16, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled #301, 2008 charcoal and collage 38 x 28 cm (frame: 69 x 58 x 2 cm) signed, dated and numbered '...

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled #301, 2008 charcoal and collage 38 x 28 cm (frame: 69 x 58 x 2 cm) signed, dated and numbered '#301' lower left

        Lawsons
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) The Wall 1986 oil on canvas 188.5 x 254cm
        Oct. 24, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) The Wall 1986 oil on canvas 188.5 x 254cm

        Est: $30,000 - $40,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) The Wall 1986 oil on canvas signed and dated lower right: Gleeson '86 signed, titled and dated on stretcher bar verso 188.5 x 254cm PROVENANCE: Watters Gallery, Sydney Private collection, New South Wales 2009 Menzies, Melbourne, 23 March 2016, lot 42 Private collection, Melbourne LITERATURE: Klepac, L., James Gleeson - Landscape out of Nature, Beagle Press, Sydney, 1987, p.22 (illus. p.49, p.23) OTHER NOTES: RELATED WORKS: The Arrival of Implacable Gifts 1985, oil on canvas, 198 x 245cm, The Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney The Keeper of Used Shadows 1986, oil on canvas, 177 x 267cm, The Collection of Win Schubert, Queensland In and Out of Time 1987, oil on canvas, 223 x 246cm, The Collection of the Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne Rituals for an Anxious Spring 1987, oil on canvas, 182.5 x 274.5cm, The Collection of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne The Dance 1989, oil on canvas, 190 x 256cm, The Collection of James Fairfax AC, Sydney

        Leonard Joel
      • [AUSTRALIAN ART] James Gleeson
        Oct. 17, 2023

        [AUSTRALIAN ART] James Gleeson

        Est: $50 - $100

        2 monographs on Australian artist James Gleeson 1. Renee Free: Images from the Shadows (Craftsman House, 1996) Very minor foxing to top edge. Previous owner's stamp. Very Good Condition. 2. Lou Klepac: Beyond the Screen of Sign (The Beagle Press, 2004) Previous owner's stamp. Near Fine Condition.

        The Book Merchant Jenkins
      • GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'Appearances are but Limitations of Hidden Realities...' 1976., Mixed Media on Paper, 42x29cm (sheet)
        Oct. 08, 2023

        GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'Appearances are but Limitations of Hidden Realities...' 1976., Mixed Media on Paper, 42x29cm (sheet)

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        GLEESON, James (1915-2008) 'Appearances are but Limitations of Hidden Realities...' 1976. Mixed Media on Paper 42x29cm (sheet) PROVENANCE: Christie's, Melbourne, 27th April 1998 (lot 352)

        Davidson Auctions
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) January Morning (Frank O'Keefe) oil on cedar panel 11.5 x 17.5 cm (frame: 25 x 31 x 4 cm) signed lower r...
        Sep. 21, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) January Morning (Frank O'Keefe) oil on cedar panel 11.5 x 17.5 cm (frame: 25 x 31 x 4 cm) signed lower r...

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) January Morning (Frank O'Keefe) oil on cedar panel 11.5 x 17.5 cm (frame: 25 x 31 x 4 cm) signed lower right | Provenance: Gift from the Artist.

        Lawsons
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1960
        Sep. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1960

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        oil on board, signed l.r.c. 'Gleeson'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Study for Soiree Apocalyptica, 2004
        Sep. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Study for Soiree Apocalyptica, 2004

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        charcoal on paper, signed and dated l.l.c. 'Gleeson, 8.1.04'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape
        Sep. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape

        Est: $2,000 - $3,000

        oil on board

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1975
        Sep. 20, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Figure in Psychoscape, c. 1975

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        oil on board, signed l.r.c. 'Gleeson'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Orion Blinded by Oenopian c.1968 oil on board 9.5 x 13.5cm (31 x 35.5cm framed)
        Sep. 19, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Orion Blinded by Oenopian c.1968 oil on board 9.5 x 13.5cm (31 x 35.5cm framed)

        Est: $1,800 - $2,200

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Orion Blinded by Oenopian c.1968 oil on board signed lower right: Gleeson titled on labels verso 9.5 x 13.5cm (31 x 35.5cm framed) PROVENANCE: South Yarra Gallery, Melbourne (label verso) Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney, 2004 (label verso) EXHIBITIONS: Summer Exhibition, Wagner Art Gallery, Sydney, January-February 2004

        Leonard Joel
      • JAMES GLEESON, EVIDENCE OF UNCERTAINTIES, 2005
        Sep. 05, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON, EVIDENCE OF UNCERTAINTIES, 2005

        Est: $30,000 - $40,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) EVIDENCE OF UNCERTAINTIES, 2005 oil on canvas 138.0 x 178.5 cm 145.5 x 186.0 cm (frame) signed and dated lower left: Gleeson ’05 signed and inscribed with title on stretcher bar verso: “EVIDENCE OF UNCERTAINTIES, 2005” / James Gleeson PROVENANCE Watters Gallery, Sydney (label attached verso) Private collection, Sydney The Estate of the above © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation This work is located in our Sydney Gallery

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008) Primavera Emerging from the Rock, 1966
        Aug. 29, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Primavera Emerging from the Rock, 1966

        Est: $15,000 - $25,000

        James Gleeson (1915-2008) Primavera Emerging from the Rock, 1966 signed lower right: 'Gleeson' oil on composition board 64.0 x 54.0cm (25 3/16 x 21 1/4in).

        Bonhams
      • James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) St Sebastian
        Aug. 29, 2023

        James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) St Sebastian

        Est: $5,000 - $8,000

        James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) St Sebastian signed indistinctly lower left: 'Gleeson' oil on canvas board 29.5 x 24.5cm (11 5/8 x 9 5/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • GLEESON James Timothy (1915-2008), 'Figure in Psychoscape XV', Oil on Board, 14.5x12cm
        Aug. 20, 2023

        GLEESON James Timothy (1915-2008), 'Figure in Psychoscape XV', Oil on Board, 14.5x12cm

        Est: $1,600 - $2,250

        GLEESON, James Timothy (1915-2008) 'Figure in Psychoscape XV' Oil on Board 14.5x12cm

        Davidson Auctions
      • GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'Prometheus and The Wanderer (Variation 6)', Oil on Board Diptych, 15x12.5cm (each panel)
        Aug. 20, 2023

        GLEESON James (1915-2008), 'Prometheus and The Wanderer (Variation 6)', Oil on Board Diptych, 15x12.5cm (each panel)

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        GLEESON, James (1915-2008) 'Prometheus and The Wanderer (Variation 6)' Label verso for Cyril's Framing Studio - hand titled and signed by the artist. Ex Artarmon Galleries, Sydney (original invoice included, dated 10th August 2007). Oil on Board Diptych 15x12.5cm (each panel) PROVENANCE: Private collection, Sydney.

        Davidson Auctions
      • Original James Timothy Gleeson Nude Figures Oil On Board, Signed Lower Right., Measures: 21cm x 15cm, With Frame: 41cm x 36cm
        Aug. 06, 2023

        Original James Timothy Gleeson Nude Figures Oil On Board, Signed Lower Right., Measures: 21cm x 15cm, With Frame: 41cm x 36cm

        Est: -

        Original James Timothy Gleeson Nude Figures Oil On Board, Signed Lower Right. Measures: 21cm x 15cm With Frame: 41cm x 36cm

        Pottle Auctions
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), Prometheus and the Wanderer (Variation 13)
        Jun. 28, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), Prometheus and the Wanderer (Variation 13)

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Prometheus and the Wanderer (Variation 13) oil on board 15.5 x 20.0 cm signed lower right: Gleeson signed and inscribed on label verso: No 13 "Prometheus and the Wanderer"/ variation 13/ James Gleeson

        Menzies
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), An Ordered Flow 1995
        Jun. 28, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), An Ordered Flow 1995

        Est: $30,000 - $40,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) An Ordered Flow 1995 oil on linen 133.0 x 178.0 cm signed and dated lower left: Gleeson '95 signed and inscribed on stretcher verso: 'AN ORDERED FLOW'/ James Gleeson

        Menzies
      • JAMES TIMOTHY GLEESON (Australia 1915-2008), 'Incantation', oil on board, signed lower right, 15 x 12.5cm, framed 32 x 28 cm. Origin.
        Jun. 20, 2023

        JAMES TIMOTHY GLEESON (Australia 1915-2008), 'Incantation', oil on board, signed lower right, 15 x 12.5cm, framed 32 x 28 cm. Origin.

        Est: $1,800 - $3,500

        JAMES TIMOTHY GLEESON (Australia 1915-2008), 'Incantation', oil on board, signed lower right, 15 x 12.5cm, framed 32 x 28 cm. Original gallery title card verso.

        Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape ink and wash on paper 19.5 x 14.5 cm (frame: 39 x 32 x 2 cm) signed lower right
        Jun. 15, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape ink and wash on paper 19.5 x 14.5 cm (frame: 39 x 32 x 2 cm) signed lower right

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Nude in Psychoscape ink and wash on paper 19.5 x 14.5 cm (frame: 39 x 32 x 2 cm) signed lower right

        Lawsons
      • James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) Sans titre (signed (lower right)oil on board)
        Jun. 01, 2023

        James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) Sans titre (signed (lower right)oil on board)

        Est: €2,000 - €3,000

        James Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) Sans titre signé 'GLEESON' (en bas à droite) huile sur panneau 15.2 x 12.7cm (6 x 5in). signed (lower right) oil on board For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

        Bonhams
      • § JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Untitled (Nude Back View) oil on canvas
        May. 30, 2023

        § JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Untitled (Nude Back View) oil on canvas

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        § JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) Untitled (Nude Back View) oil on canvas signed lower left: Gleeson 26 x 12cm PROVENANCE: Watters Gallery (label verso)

        Leonard Joel
      • James Gleeson (1915-2008)
        May. 23, 2023

        James Gleeson (1915-2008)

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        Figure in Psychoscape oil on board, signed l.r.c. 'Gleeson'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • JAMES GLEESON, IMAGES FOR A DARKENING TIME, 2003
        May. 03, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON, IMAGES FOR A DARKENING TIME, 2003

        Est: $30,000 - $40,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) IMAGES FOR A DARKENING TIME, 2003 oil on canvas 178.0 x 132.0 cm signed and dated lower left: Gleeson ‘03 signed and inscribed with title on stretcher bar verso: “IMAGES FOR A DARKENING TIME” / James Gleeson  PROVENANCE Watters Gallery, Sydney (label attached verso) Private collection, Queensland, acquired from the above in 2004 Watters Gallery, Sydney Private collection, Sydney Estate of the above  EXHIBITED James Gleeson: Disguised Signals. New Paintings and Drawings, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 27 April – 22 May 2004, cat. 6 (illus. in exhibition catalogue) James Gleeson: Beyond the Screen of Sight, Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne, 29 October 2004 – 27 February 2005; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 18 March – 13 June 2005, cat. 91 (label attached verso)  LITERATURE Klepac, L., James Gleeson. Beyond the Screen of Sight, The Beagle Press in association with the National Gallery of Victoria, Sydney, 2004, cat. 91, pp. 188 (illus.), 189, 201  ESSAY ‘In his old age, Jung voiced very well our need for the unutterable: ‘It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown… [Man] must sense that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious; that things happen and can be experienced which remain inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated. Only then is life whole’…’1 Without doubt Australia’s leading Surrealist painter and poet, for more than six decades James Gleeson has divulged the depths of his own imagination onto the canvas, offering up damning – yet simultaneously captivating – depictions of a visceral universe that defies intellectual grasp. With their typically ominous skies, huge grotesque forms and dominant motifs of metamorphosis, his landscapes are the manifestation of our inner psyche – powerfully capturing the repulsive, the erotic, the abject, and the tumultuous uncertainty of our dreams and subconscious thoughts. As Lou Klepac, author of several authoritative texts on Gleeson’s work, elucidates: ‘Gleeson's paintings are the mirror which reveals the dark and dangerous regions which are too terrifying for our ordinary consciousness, because they represent a view of existence measured in light years where man's life is but a flicker of a small flame.’2 Monumental in scale and conception,  Images for a Darkening Time, 2003 exemplifies well the second period of Gleeson’s career during which, from 1983 until his death in 2008, ‘he embarked upon the large imaginative landscapes which constitute his greatest and most original achievement.’3 In stark contrast to his earlier explorations of ‘man as the measure of all things’, Gleeson now jettisons all interest in the representation of the human figure, transfixed instead by the mutability of forms and possibility of ‘a biomorphic cosmos’ – as might have existed pre-civilisation, or might yet occur after the obliteration of humanity. As Gleeson asserts, ‘I got to the point where the extreme (of the figure) almost came to be recognisable – then I felt no need to use the form at all as an entirety. It could be represented by an arm, a hand, an eye. I broadened it to be not only landscape but cosmic experience.’4 Featured in the major retrospective James Gleeson: Beyond the Screen of Sight held at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2004, the present is a dynamic and potent work that contains all the visceral urgency and emotional gravity which distinguishes the artist’s late work. As Klepac elaborates, ‘…James Gleeson’s late paintings will no doubt be interpreted as the world reduced to an illogical and disturbing state as a punishment for something that mankind has done. The paintings do have an air of prophecy, and many will interpret them as reflecting our fear of global extinction since this has become a universal anxiety… Rather than being images of possibility influenced by time, Gleeson's paintings are the final development of the universal and always present question about the nature of reality… Not even Gleeson can be the final interpreter of this amazing series of late works. The artist has acted as a ‘medium’ to these images which have come to him in an avalanche after fifty years of serious work which now seems as though it may have been the preparation for a newfound language and most eloquent voice. Perhaps most remarkable of all is that these paintings have had to be developed on a large scale in order to affirm the inevitability of these images and the essential, positive presence of the world which they represent. The scale is an essential part of the vision. That they are so also affirms that they could not have been painted or conceived other than by a master. Gleeson’s world is not an upheaval of the self-conscious, nor an expression of a tormented soul… One might suggest however, that it is a reaction to, and a redressing of the positivism of a materialist age. His late work enriches us by supplying us with a world of wonder and infinite possibilities, rare in a rather arid world…’5 1. Klepac, L., James Gleeson, Landscape Out of Nature, The Beagle Press, Sydney, 1997, p. 10 2. Klepac, L., James Gleeson: Beyond the Screen of Sight, The Beagle Press, Sydney, 2004, p. 9 3. Ibid. 4. The artist, quoted in Free, R., James Gleeson: Images from the Shadows, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1993, p. 43 5. Klepac, op. cit., 1997, pp. 9 – 10   VERONICA ANGELATOS © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • JAMES GLEESON, WOMAN IN CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE, C.1953
        May. 03, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON, WOMAN IN CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE, C.1953

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) WOMAN IN CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE, c.1953 oil on board 30.0 x 19.5 cm signed lower left: Gleeson signed and inscribed with title verso: WOMAN IN CLASSICAL LANDSCAPE / James Gleeson PROVENANCE Macquarie Galleries, Sydney (label attached verso) Estate of Sheila Wood, Melbourne Mossgreen, Melbourne, 29 August 2016, lot 66 Private collection, Jakarta EXHIBITED probably: Sydney Painting 1955, Macquarie Galleries at Victorian Artists' Society, Melbourne, 31 May – 11 June 1955 © Gleeson/O'Keefe Foundation

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • JAMES GLEESON 1915-2008 An Unusual Concurrence 1999 oil on canvas
        May. 02, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON 1915-2008 An Unusual Concurrence 1999 oil on canvas

        Est: $25,000 - $35,000

        JAMES GLEESON 1915-2008 An Unusual Concurrence 1999 oil on canvas signed and dated 'Gleeson '99' lower left; signed and inscribed 'AN UNUSUAL CONCURRENCE" / James Gleeson' verso 133 x 178 cm frame: original, maker unknown, Sydney PROVENANCE James Gleeson, Sydney Watters Gallery, Sydney (label verso) Company Collection, Sydney, acquired from the above Australian & International Paintings, Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, 16 March 2005, lot 70, illustrated Private Collection, New South Wales Fine Australian & International Art, Deutscher-Menzies, Sydney, 13 March 2007 lot 28, illustrated Selwyn and Renata Litton, Sydney, acquired from the above EXHIBITED James Gleeson: Recent Paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney, 10-27 November 1999, no. 18, illustrated

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      • James Timothy Gleeson Surrealist Nude Oil on Panel
        Apr. 23, 2023

        James Timothy Gleeson Surrealist Nude Oil on Panel

        Est: $1,500 - $2,500

        James Timothy Gleeson (Australian, 1915-2008) surrealist oil on masonite depicting depicting a naked man standing within a "psychoscape", signed to lower right, housed in a giltwood frame. Image: 5.75" H x 4.75" W; frame: 11" H x 10" W.

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      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled (Nude in Psychoscape) oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 34 x 31 x 2 cm) signed lower right
        Apr. 20, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled (Nude in Psychoscape) oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 34 x 31 x 2 cm) signed lower right

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled (Nude in Psychoscape) oil on board 15 x 12.5 cm (frame: 34 x 31 x 2 cm) signed lower right

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      • JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) - Untitled (Psychoscape), 1978 ink, wash and collage on paper 70 x 50 cm (frame: 87 x 68 x 2 cm)
        Apr. 20, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) - Untitled (Psychoscape), 1978 ink, wash and collage on paper 70 x 50 cm (frame: 87 x 68 x 2 cm)

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        JAMES GLEESON (1915 - 2008) Untitled (Psychoscape), 1978 ink, wash and collage on paper 70 x 50 cm (frame: 87 x 68 x 2 cm) signed and dated lower right, Macquarie Galleries label affixed verso

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      • JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), The Education of Hercules
        Apr. 16, 2023

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008), The Education of Hercules

        Est: $1,800 - $2,500

        JAMES GLEESON (1915-2008) The Education of Hercules oil on board signed lower right: Gleeson 17.5 x 14cm

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