James Gleeson (Painter)

James Gleeson is recognised as one of Australia leading and most important surrealists painters.

During the 1960’s and 70’s he produced a series of small paintings depicting his distinctive imagery, that of an abstract, organic landscape, the percussor to the ‘psychoscape’ and the use of male nudes – well muscled men, in their prime, ideals of beauty and celebrations of masculinity.

James Gleeson’s paintings exude an almost prophetic atmosphere of ethereal light, a sort of ‘and God created Man’ statement – and yet they seem to also question the nature of reality.

James Gleeson Paintings from the 1960s & 1970s

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