A Piece Called Nerve (1975)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 171 x 240.7

Private collection, Melbourne

This work was already complete when exhibited in Arkley’s first solo exhibition at Tolarno in 1975 (when it was photographed: slide in the artist’s archive with process date Apr75).  Hence the date of 1977 suggested in the NGV retrospective is incorrect.


  • artist’s collection
  • P/C Melb.


  • HA Tolarno 4/75, cat.1 (dimensions listed as 165 x 240cm)
  • HA Coventry 5/77, cat.6
  • HA Tolarno 9/95 (‘White + Black’), cat.2 (dated 1975)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (dated to 1977; shown in all 3 venues)