Untitled [‘Poles’] 1976 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 39.5 x 63.5
signed and dated [l.l.: ‘H Arkley 76’ – 2006 details]
Coll.: unknown [last auctioned June 2021]

This work, comprising three distinctively patterned vertical elements, looks highly characteristic of Arkley’s work on paper around 1976: compare e.g. Pauses (Interchronic) (1976) [W/P].

= ‘White’ W/P cat.no.231 [previous no.212]


  • Blue Door Gallery, Melb. (acc.to Joel’s 6/21)
  • Father Bob Maguire Foundation Charity Auction, donated from the above (acc.to Joel’s 6/21)
  • P/C Melb. (acc.to Joel’s 6/21)
  • listed with ‘Look Art’, Melbourne (website accessed 2000), priced at $10,000; described, inaccurately, as similar to the work reproduced in Spray 16 = Actuality study (1) 1974)
  • also recorded with details as above in NGV Arkley retrospective planning files 2006 (with ID photo)
  • auctioned by Leonard Joel, Melb., 28 June 2021, lot 45 (including additional provenance details noted above; est.$5-8,000; sold for $8,000 plus buyer’s premium)