James Gleeson <br/>
born Australia 1915 <br/>
<em>The darkening stage</em> 1991 <br/>
oil on canvas <br/>
160.0 x 213.2 cm <br/>
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Mr James Gleeson, Fellow, 1995 (1995.395)<br/>

James Gleeson's The darkening stage


James Gleeson is Australia’s most significant surrealist artist. For over fifty years he has concerned himself with the art and literature of European artists associated with the Dada and Surrealist movements. The darkening stage is typical of Gleeson’s fascination with decay and growth and an evolving landscape of the imagination, while the dissolving organic forms in the painting conjure up the darkest nightmares. The darkening stage is an outstanding example of Gleeson’s recent work. 

Geoffrey Smith