Dorothy Thornhill Interview
James Gleeson Oral History Collection
James Gleeson interviews Dorothy Thornhill
10 August 1978
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
Kitchen garden, St. Cere, France
not titled [standing male figure, right arm outstretched]
not titled [standing male figure, arms spread]
Form and void (recto); not titled [shell and nude figure with hands on head] [verso]
Shells [recto]; not titled [decorative floral device] [verso]
Rocky Hill, Murrundi
Still life with dragon dog