Tennis (1983)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 160.5 x 120.5

Private collection, Melbourne

This canvas, first shown in HA Tolarno 10/83, contains uncharacteristic gestures toward realism – in the treatment of details such as the net, the painterly background, and the conventional use of the air-brush for the head and arm of the right-hand figure. Arkley’s archive includes several colour slides.

The play between graphic and illusionistic style reappears in Suburban Landscape 1987.


  • earlier history unknown
  • listed as in the collection of E.Grossberg in ‘Victoria’ 1985


  • HA Tolarno 10/83, cat.7
  • HA Roslyn Oxley9, 5/84, cat.10
  • Benalla AG etc., from 10/85 (‘Victoria: views by contemporary artists’)


  • ‘Victoria’ 1985, p.11 (B&W photo)