Untitled [‘Spots’] 1978 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 45 x 34.5

signed and dated [l.r.: ‘Howard Arkley 78.’]

Coll.: unknown

The provenance is rather vague, and the work does not seem to have been documented before its auction in 2001, but it appears to be authentic.

= ‘White’ W/P cat.no.118 [previous no.108]

Untitled [study for Muzak Mural] 1981 [W/P] is a comparable, slightly more refined, and later example, still in Arkley’s studio collection at his death.


  • artist’s collection, then P/C Melb. (acc.to Christie’s 4/01)
  • auctioned by Christie’s, Melb., 3 April 2001, lot 9, as ‘Untitled (Spots)’ (ill., dets. and provenance as noted here; est.$3-4,000; sold for $3,525)


  • Hewitt (2003): Arkley section (unpaginated; ill.)