Curvilinear with Grid 1978

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 203.6 x 78.6

signed, dated and titled [on reverse: ‘Curvilinear with Grid / 78 / H Arkley’ – HA Monash 1991]

Coll.: unknown

According to Spray, this painting, included in both Arkley’s solo ‘door’ shows in 1979 and 1980, referenced sewing patterns, and ‘incorporated I Ching symbols from embroidered textiles’ that Arkley had seen at the Met in New York.

The curves play against the squared grid with considerable subtlety here, suggesting particularly clear parallels with suburban screen doors: see Photographs of Australian flywire screen doors (c.1978-80) [3/M].


  • unknown


  • HA Tolarno 5/79, cat.5 (as Curvilinear-Grid)
  • HA Coventry 3/80, cat.4
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.15 (details as above)


  • Spray 31-2 (as quoted under comments above), and 33 (ill.)