Operations, Notch, Trim 1975

Alternate titles: Operations – Notch – TrimOperations, Notch, Trim, Spread and Operations (Spread Enclose Filling)
Synthetic polymer paint and ink on canvas, 169.5 x 240.8
signed, dated and titled [on reverse: Name. Howard Arkley / Title. Operations – Notch – Trim / Date. 1975 / Size 240cm x 170 cm / Medium Acrylic on canvas]
Private collection, Melbourne

A classic ‘white painting’, exhibited in Arkley’s first solo show at Tolarno in April 1975 (and repeatedly thereafter, under several different but related titles). The work was still in the artist’s own collection at his death, and is in perfect condition.


  • artist’s collection
  • P/C Melb.


  • HA Tolarno 4/75, cat.3
  • HA Coventry 5/77, cat.1: as ‘Operations (Spread Enclose Filling)’
  • ‘Off the Wall/In the Air’: A Seventies Collection,’ Monash University Gallery & ACCA, Melbourne, July-Aug.1991, cat.10 (as ‘Operations – Notch – Trim’)
  • HA Tolarno 9/95 (‘White + Black’), cat.1 (as ‘Operations, Notch, Trim, Spread’)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (all 3 venues)


  • Spray 17 (ill.)