Jean Gleeson

Jean Gleeson is a Port Fairy based artist who examines cultural Identity, childhood memory and human emotion, her use of imagination mixes with reality to produce  images for her drawings, prints and oil paintings.

Ideas for compositions are processed and refined with detailed drawings which are further developed through various print processes and oil paintings.

The combination of Indian, Scottish and Portuguese ancestry continues to serve as a rich source of content which has been processed over the last thirty years. Cultural shifts at different critical periods of her life connect to a past that at times has been both rejected and examined.

Her vivid imagination plays an important role in composing these works which allude to tension and hesitation. Her mother’s orchid collection features strongly in many works and when combined with traditional dress, are symbolic of her rich cultural heritage.  A childhood obsession with making paper dolls is evident with the subtle use of the paper doll tabs that are present in many of Gleeson’s drawings, prints and oil paintings.

A recent graduate of Deakin University in 2011, Jean completed with Distinction, a Bachelor of Art, majoring in Visual Imaging and has since become a recipient of an ArtStart Grant from the Arts Funding Division of the Australia Council.  Jean Gleeson currently teaches painting and printmaking at South West TAFE in Warrnambool.

Jean has works on show at Limestone Gallery Port Fairy and Gladioli restaurant in Inverleigh

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Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

Jean Gleeson

Port Fairy, Victoria, Australia

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Gladioli Restaurant

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Warrnambool Art Gallery
Bluestone magazine
Artery(F project)