Untitled [‘The Orient’ variant] 1976 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint and ink on paper, 26 x 17 (image)

signed and dated [l.r.: ‘Howard Arkley 76’]

Coll: unknown

This elegant smaller work on paper was exhibited in the 1991 Arkley survey at Monash, and subsequently auctioned by Deutscher-Menzies in 2000 as ‘Study for White Painting’, reproducing the image with signature and date below (as shown here). A slide in Arkley’s archive is labeled ‘The Orient 1975’.

There are several other related works on paper and canvas, including Study for Oriental Wave study #1 [A94] (1974) [W/P] and Oriental (Wave Study) 1974. See also The Orient (1975) [W/P], an unidentified larger work shown in HA Tolarno 9/95 (‘White + Black’), cat.17.

= ‘White’ W/P cat.no.106 [previous no.98]


  • Private collection (noted thus in HA Monash 1991)
  • auctioned by Deutscher-Menzies, Melb., 21 Aug.2000, lot 112, as ‘Study for White Painting’ (ill., details as above; no history indicated; est.$2,500-4,000; not sold)


  • HA Monash 1991, cat.8 [#9]: as 22.5 x 15 (image), 31.5 x 25.5 (paper)


  • Duncan 1991 (HA Monash exh.cat.), p.19 (ill., oriented sideways, with top to left)