Stroke (1975)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 184.5 x 163.5

Collection unknown [last auctioned Feb.2022]

Arkley’s file slides (as reproduced here) are stamped with process date May75, pointing to the possibility that this painting was shown under a different title in his first solo show at Tolarno in April-May 1975, possibly cat.nos.4 or 5 (see exh.details).

Felicity  St John Moore, former curator of the NAB collection, mentions that the canvas was considered initially for the HA Monash 1991 exhibition (email correspondence 3/09).

In 2022, the work was auctioned with the NAB collection: see Gellatly 2022, with a good recent photograph.


  • Tolarno Galleries
  • acquired from the above for the National Australia Bank collection, 1975
  • auctioned by Deutscher & Hackett, Melb., 22 Feb.2022 (NAB collection sale), lot 46 (details as shown above; ill.): est.$20-30,000; sold for $115,364 (inc.B/P)


  • (possibly shown in HA Tolarno 4/75 under a different title: see comments above)
  • NGV, Oct.-Nov.1982 (‘The Seventies: Australian Paintings and Tapestries from the Collection of National Australia Bank’)