• Peregian Codex: James Gleeson

Peregian Codex: James Gleeson

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'On a summer holiday in Peregian in December 1982 to January 1983, I worked on this sequence of decalcomanias using collage to enhance the suggestions I discovered in the random dispositions of the pigment. To convert it to a landscape I applied a film of black or coloured tissue papers, often in layers, and I competed the transformation by adding a further collage of images as extensions of the implications provided by the paint.'

So wrote James Gleeson in the foreword to the twenty-two works made at Peregian Beach in Queensland which were later bound into a volume titled Peregian Codex. It was a vital moment for Gleeson the artist. He had decided to give up his public commitments as visiting curator, lecturer and author and to devote himself totally to painting. Home from his annual holiday, Gleeson set out on his great series of late works of which Reef painted in 1983 is the first. 

Author: Lou Klepac 

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