Disco (1981)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 160 x 160

Collection of Elaine Baker and John Cruthers, Sydney

This painting, first shown in Arkley’s solo show at Tolarno in July 1981, was developed from a complex blend of references, ranging from the Disco music of the day, to pattern painting and Op Art. For more detailed discussion of these influences, see Crawford & Edgar (Spray 38); see also Carnival 104, commenting specifically on the colour.


  • acquired 1988 via Niagara Galleries [acc.to NGV exh.files 2006]


  • HA Tolarno 7/81, cat.5
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (shown in all 3 venues)
  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16


  • Spray 38-9 (as noted above; including ill.)
  • Carnival 104 and Fig. 3.16