Circle 1977 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint & black ink on paper, 39.5 x 64

signed, dated and titled [according to Sotheby’s]

Coll.: unknown

Unidentified work, auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1997, but not reproduced in the catalogue (efforts to locate a photo have so far proved unsuccessful).

This drawing was presumably similar to other known larger format ‘white’ works on paper of the period c.1974-78. Possibly related to Circular Model (1976) [W/P], also unidentified; however, the size indicated for the present work suggests a larger drawing.

The present drawing may also have been similar to the central work on paper shown in the ‘White Painting’ ensemble in Arkley’s ‘Casual Works’ exhibition in 1988, but that drawing, showing two sets of short sprayed strokes and a large central circle, is much larger (on 2 sheets, measuring about 170 x 120 overall; auctioned in 2003): see now Untitled [‘White Painting’]; and source material (1988 and earlier) [W/P].

= ‘White’ W/P (unidentified)


  • auctioned by Sotheby’s, Melb., 10 Nov.1997, lot 363 (details as above; no photo): est.$1000-1500; not sold