Construction Sight 1984 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 44.5 x 34.5

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

Coll.: unknown

First recorded at auction in 2000, with Cacti Day and Night 1984 [W/P].

The right-hand element of the composition is clearly related to the image Arkley first used for the invitation to his ‘Urban Paintings’ show at Tolarno in October 1983 (see 1983 exhibition entry for reproduction), and then for The Triffids [poster] 1985 [W/P] and The Cacti Succulents (1986) [MCA].


  • ‘acquired directly from the artist’ ( Sotheby’s 5/00)
  • Sotheby’s, Melb., 2-3 May 2000, lot 104 (as ‘mixed media’; other dets. and prov. as above; ill.; est.$5-7,000; sold for $5,000 plus buyer’s premium)
  • auctioned by Goodmans, Sydney, 24 July 2000, lot 72 (as ‘mixed media’, 44.5 x 33.5; remaining dets. and ill. as above; est.$12-15,000; not sold)