Organic Model (Intuitive Reason) (1976)

Alternate titles: Organic Model D (Intuitive Reason)Organic Model and Primal (Thought Form)
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 211.5 x 160.5
signed and titled 
[verso, on stretcher: ‘H Arkley / Organic Model (Intuitive Reason)’]
Private collection, Melbourne

This work has been exhibited and reproduced under several different titles. It was first shown in 1976-77 as Organic Model D (Intuitive Reason) – a slightly different variant of the inscribed title, preferred here. Later, Primal (Thought Form) was given as the title in the 1991 Monash retrospective and in Spray. Despite the various aliases, a single work is involved, as installation photos make clear.

Large Organic Model (1977) [W/P] is a work on paper version.


  • artist’s collection
  • P/C Melb.
  • with Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art, 2016
  • P/C Melb. (acquired from the above)


  • HA Tolarno 8/76, cat.6, as Organic Model D (Intuitive Reason)
  • HA Coventry 5/77, cat.8: again as Organic Model D (Intuitive Reason)
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.11, as Primal (Thought Form)
  • HA Tolarno 9/95 (‘White + Black’), cat.4: as Organic Model
  • HA retrospective 2006-7: as ‘Organic Model (Intuitive Reason)’ 1976 (all 3 venues)
  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16: as ‘Organic Model D (intuitive Reason)’ 1976
  • Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art at ‘Spring 1883’, Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, 17-21 Aug.2016 (details as shown here; $110,000; sold)


  • Spray 20: full-page reproduction as Primal (Thought Form), 1976
  • Fitzpatrick & Lynn (2015), p.73 (ill.)