Charles Blackman Interview
James Gleeson Oral History Collection
James Gleeson interviews Charles Blackman, 26 April 1979.
In the 1970s, leading surrealist painter Dr James Gleeson AO ventured into the studios of 98 Australian artists to discuss their works that had been acquired by the Gallery. As an artist, curator and writer, Gleeson brought a deeply thoughtful and personal perspective to these conversations.
The interviews, originally recorded on audio cassette tapes, now form the basis of a unique archive – the James Gleeson Oral History Collection – a vital historical and cultural resource for the study of contemporary Australian art. They provide first-hand insights into the genesis and creation of select works of art, mapping their enduring influence on Australian society more broadly.
Art & Artists
The March, Anzac Day
Three Children by the Pond
The blue waves triptych: Bondi Bathers
Man in boat with floating figure
(Double page, lovers in sky): from Derriere le miroir
Head of a woman.
Boy on scooter.
Alice in the room with floating cup and bottle
1956 or 1957
Angles of time
Ebb and flow.
Two sketches for "Alice in Wonderland"
Sketch for "Alice in Wonderland": March hare
Sketch for "Alice in Wonderland": Drink me
not titled (woman with pot plant)
not titled [two figures]
[Crying children and man].