Ornamentic 1981

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 161.5 x 161.7

signed and dated [on reverse: ‘Howard Arkley 81’]

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth [1989/0191]

Arkley’s archive contains good slides of this work as photographed at both 1981 exhibitions (Tolarno 7/81 and Solander 10/81).

Vivid optical effects are clearly apparent when viewing the original work. The authors of Spray suggest that flywire doors inspired the patterning.


  • purchased by AGWA 1989


  • HA Tolarno 7/81, cat.7
  • HA Solander, Canberra, 10/81, cat.3
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.35
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (shown in Melbourne only; details as above)


  • Spray 37 (inc. ill.)
  • Carnival 68 and Fig.2.15