John Olsen Interview
James Gleeson Oral History Collection
James Gleeson interviews John Olsen
9 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 bicycle boys
Edge of the void.
not titled [The Goyder channel approaching the void].
Life approaching the void
Birds by the lake
The man sinks: Slessor's Five Bells
A fish in a trap knows what it wants.
River in flood II
Boy and seagull (also known as Young Australians at play)
Spring in the you beaut country