Meeting James Gleeson

“Meeting James Gleeson is a candid and insightful interview conducted by Geoffrey Sykes, interspersed with images from Glesson’s behemoth body of work, which reveals both an artist in his prime and a career that has enriched a country”– Container.

 

Australia recently mourned the death of celebrated surrealist James Gleeson whose prolific work has remained at the fore-front of the Australian art scene for over 50 years. Gleeson, whose major influences' were as diverse as Salvador Dali, Carl Jung and Max Ernst, was also known as a critic, poet, writer and curator He had also served on the board of the National Gallery of Australian shaping his country's artistic direction.

As an artist, Gleeson's themes generally delved into the subconscious using literary, mythological or religious subject matter. He was particularly interested in Jung's archetypes of the collective unconscious while expressing Freudian principles of surrealism in what he referred to as 'Psychoscapes'; liquid, solid and air coming together, directly alluding to the interface between the conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind.

But is the art of Australia's most iconic surrealist representative of the man himself. Meeting James Gleeson is a candid and insightful interview conducted by Geoffrey Sykes, interspersed with images from Gleeson's behemoth body of work, which reveals both an artist in his prime and a career that has enriched a country.

‘Meeting James Gleeson” 50m. Commended style of close edited interview with eminent Australian surrealist painter. Writer/director/editor. Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, and screened continuously as part of Gleeson retrospective, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2004-2006). Over 500 AV sales. Broadcast ABC Television, Sunday afternoon arts program, May 2005. Repeat August 2006. Foxtel, June 2008, 2009. Commercial distribution: Independent Entertainment Pty Ltd. Education distribution: Video Education Australia (included 50m additional material).

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https://lha.uow.edu.au/hsi/UOW064912.html
https://www.artlink.com.au/articles/33/james-gleeson/
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/public-works-james-gleeson/news-story/1496382961a8f72e43150b8c3fa486a1?sv=9c812bf670389c5da6090b373e1200fa

“Superbly laid back ‘one on one’ discussions with the artist”
5 stars” Review by Annette on 28th December, 2010
Very few documentaries can sustain a viewers attention with ‘one on one interviews’ for more than 20 – 30 minutes. This is a dvd filled with James Gleeson talking about his art and poetry with further sessions added in which the artist discusses his philosophy, approach and technics of his art. An extremely well handled and informative dvd, historically documenting one of Australia’s leading artist’s before he passed away.”