Printout 1981

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 163.5 x 164.0

signed, dated and titled [on reverse: ‘Howard Arkley 81 / Printout’]

Artbank Collection, Sydney

First shown in HA Tolarno 7/81 (archive slide with process date Aug81, reproduced here), and then in both the 1991 Monash survey and the 2006-7 NGVA Arkley retrospective.

The work elaborates on the needlework/printing patterning already used for several earlier works, notably Printout Red/Blue 1980 (City of Glen Eira Collection, Melbourne) .

For further information regarding this canvas, which is not included in the Artbank book by Dysart & Dunn (2001), thanks to Carrie Kibbler, assistant curator of Artbank (correspondence April 2009).


  • purchased for Artbank from Tolarno in 1981


  • HA Tolarno 7/81, cat.8
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.36 (inscription details as above; as 161.5 cm square)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (shown in Melbourne only)