Icon (triptych) 1983

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 158.5 x 245 overall

signed and dated [on reverse: ‘Howard Arkley 83’]

Artbank Collection, Sydney

First shown in Arkley’s solo show at Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, June 1983, and then purchased for Artbank.

The 3-panel format echoes traditional medieval and Renaissance altarpieces; the central panel reprises the composition of Untitled [Icon study #2] (1982) [W/P]. The central head also appears as T.V.Injun (1983) [W/P].


  • purchased for Artbank from Roslyn Oxley9, 1983


  • HA Roslyn Oxley9, 6/83, cat.10 (size listed as 160 x 250)
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.33 (details as above)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 [as Icon (c.1983); size as above; shown in Melbourne only]


  • Dysart & Dunn 2001, pp.74-5 (inc. ill.)