James Gleeson interviews Hector Gilliland, Circa 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.