Corroded Head after James Gleeson (Best Viewed Large) by Cathy Gilday
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When challenged to do an “Appropriation,” of a famous artist’s work, I knew my choice would have to come from my most favourite Australian surrealist artist – James Gleeson. 1915 – 2008.

The work I chose was " We inhabit the corrosive littoral of habit," 1940.
I made changes, only using the corroded head and the woman’s figure, then setting them into my own landscape, which has a door, reminding us that there are always other paths we can take.
In the original, the woman’s figure is on the right side of the canvas and the man’s face was to the left. I chose to paint them so that the woman’s hair flows in the direction of the man. Also her “corrosion’s,” identify with my own body and how my recent illness has affected me. Making this painting so personal, was not an easy decision, but once made, was very liberating.

The message behind the original painting was that often habit, stands in our way and does not allow us to be instinctive or experience new adventures, therefore habit is corrosive.

Acrylic & Charcoal on canvas, mixed media.
61cm x 46cm x 3.8cm.
FEATURED IN “ARTISTS UNIVERSE GROUP,” 11th December, 2011.
FEATURED IN “PAINTERS UNIVERSE GROUP,” 25th December, 2011.
FEATURED IN “DADA LAND GROUP,” 1st October, 2012.
FEATURED IN “WOMEN PAINTERS,” 13th October, 2012.

Comments

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 3 years ago

    REALLY AMAZING PIECE WELL DONE CATHY lIZ))

  • Many thanks Liz, I’m glad you liked it!!

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Kanchan Mahon
    Kanchan Mahonalmost 3 years ago

    Oh! This is incredibly cool. You create your own iconography.

  • Thank you so much Kanchan, I really appreciate your great comment on this!!

    – Cathy Gilday

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Thank you!!

    – Cathy Gilday

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsalmost 3 years ago

    OMG ! An incredible personal striking work of Art Cathy ! the flow and composition is simply outstanding ! Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow & a big big thanks for your visit to my new Paul , your always stunning words so inspire ! Have a Wonderful weekend ..Paulx

  • I just read your amazing comment on this piece Paul and was so happy with your thoughts on it! Thank you so much, I really appreciate it! Cathy x

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago


    DECEMBER 11th, 2011
    ► See your work in the Permanents Featured Gallery
    ►Please participate in the ongoing Challenges
    Mary

  • Thank you so much for the feature Mary, I’m thrilled to receive it for this work! I finally took your lead and did a painting after a master! I found it really exciting do this and all the time I was wondering what his thoughts were when he created the original!! Hope you’re well my friend, Cathy. X

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sedicialmost 3 years ago


    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR ♦DECEMBER 25th, 2011
    SEE YOUR WORK IN THE PERMANENT FEATURED GALLERY
    SEE ONGOING CHALLENGES
    Your participation with works/votes it is greatly appreciated
    Mary

  • Many thanks for the seasons greeting Mary and for featuring this piece in “Painters Universe Group.”

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago


    SURREALISM CHALLENGE
    Thank You For Participating
    ♦ April 22nd, 2012
    Mary

  • Many thanks Mary :)

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Thea T
    Thea Tabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for featuring this work in “Dada Land,” Thea, I’m so pleased!!

    – Cathy Gilday

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...about 2 years ago

    Women Painters

    Please leave your comments on the permanent feature page.

  • Thank you so much for this feature Madalena, it is very much appreciated! ps I Love this banner:)

    – Cathy Gilday

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