Cacti Day and Night 1984 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 62.5 x 47

signed and dated [l.r.: ‘Howard Arkley 84’]

Coll.: unknown

First recorded at auction in 2000, together with Construction Sight 1984 [W/P]. The positive/negative approach in this particular work is unusual, but it seems consistent with Arkley’s style around 1984.


  • ‘acquired directly from the artist’ ( Sotheby’s 5/00)
  • Sotheby’s, Melb., 2-3 May 2000, lot 106 (as ‘mixed media’; other dets. and prov. as above; ill.; est.$2,500-3,500; sold for $2,600 plus buyer’s premium)
  • auctioned by Goodman’s, Sydney, 24 July 2000, lot 73 (details as above; est.$9-11,000; sold for $7,500 plus buyer’s premium)
  • auctioned by Shapiro, Sydney, 30 April 2008, lot 47 (ill.,details as above; est.$5-7,000; not sold)
  • auctioned by Elder Fine Art, Adelaide, 15 August 2010, lot 156 (details as above; est.$2,500-3,000)