Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

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James Gleeson was a prominent Australian surrealist artist, poet and critic. Widely recognized as ‘The Father of Australian Surrealism’, his work explores human nature through illusionistic, fleshly and sometimes mechanical landscape forms. His deep concern for humanity was ignited by the Depression, the rise of Fascism in Europe and the Second World War.

Gleeson's work is represented in all major public collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. He was the subject of two major retrospectives at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
James GleesonCharles Nodrum Gallery
2015
Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its EchoesNational Gallery of Victoria
2014
James GleesonCharles Nodrum Gallery
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The Attitude of Lightning Towards a Lady-Mountain, 1939

Oil on canvas
Location
Melbourne

Collection: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Medium
Image rights
© Courtesy of the artist’s estate

James Gleeson was a prominent Australian surrealist artist, poet and critic. Widely recognized as ‘The Father of Australian Surrealism’, his work explores human nature through illusionistic, fleshly and sometimes mechanical landscape forms. His deep concern for humanity was ignited by the Depression, the rise of Fascism in Europe and the Second World War.

Gleeson's work is represented in all major public collections in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Gallery of Australia. He was the subject of two major retrospectives at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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Other works by James Gleeson
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