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James Gleeson was born in Sydney in 1915. In his youth, Gleeson studied and travelled extensively through Europe and was greatly influenced and inspired by the Italian Masters and Modern Surrealists.
Gleeson was considered Australia's foremost Surrealist painter and was highly regarded as an author, historian and art critic. In his youth, Gleeson studied and travelled extensively through Europe and was greatly influenced and inspired by the Italian Masters and Modern Surrealists He has held over 40 solo exhibitions from 1950 to the present day and is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries, many regional galleries and numerous corporate and private collections.
Between the years 1976 and 1982 Gleeson was a member of the first Council of the Australian National Gallery and in 1975 he was awarded the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian art. In 1989 he was granted a Degree of Doctor of Letters from Macquarie University and in 2001 a Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW. Gleeson's work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, all state galleries and various regional Galleries, private and corporate collection both in Australia and internationally.
James Gleeson died in November 2008, for a tribute that appeared on the ABC go to: