Fast-lid 1974

Alternate title (?): Speeding

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 162.9 x 183.8

signed, dated and titled [on reverse: Howard Arkley / Fast-lid / 1974; source: HA Monash exh.planning notes 1991]

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; presented through the NGV Foundation by David and Mira Kolieb, Fellows, 2003 [2003.297]

Arkley’s file slide of this work (with process date Jun74) is titled ‘Speeding’, suggesting this may be the painting shown in Geelong under that title in 1973.

The motif  of repeated, freely air-brushed lines is prominent in several other paintings and works on paper dating from 1974-6: see e.g. Untitled [A187] (c.1974-76) [W/P].


  • earlier history unknown
  • presented to the NGV in 2003 (details as above)


  • (possibly) Geelong Art Gallery 1973, Corio Whisky Prize: as ‘Speeding’