He drew further dark inspiration from the atmosphere generated by 9/11 and the war in Iraq. One critic wrote of these works: "Representing an ineffable world in the furthest recesses of the human mind, these form an imaginary coastline, not of water, rock and sand, but a disturbing, organic morass of muscle, sinew, carapace, shell, hair and dripping membrane." The director of the AGNSW, Edmund Capon, said this week: "James saw into our inner soul."
In 2005, Gleeson said he still had hundreds of ideas for paintings. His works are held by all the leading institutions in Australia, while the British Museum has some of his drawings..(independent.co.uk)