Untitled [‘Cacti and Succulent’] 1986 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 75 x 57

signed and dated [on reverse]

Coll.: unknown

An elegant essay in grey and other muted tones. Arkley’s archive slide was apparently taken at the same time as those of other works shown at the Bellas Gallery in June 1987 (but it does not appear to have been shown there).

The work was apparently exhibited in 2001, and subsequently auctioned several times between 2001 and 2007.


  • Auctioned by Shapiro, Sydney, 8 May 2002, lot 187 (ill.; details as above; est.$10-15,000; not sold)
  • P/C Western Australia (acc.to Deutscher & Hackett 5/07)
  • Auctioned by GFL Fine Art (W.A.), 31 May 2005, lot 93 (ill., no date): est.$10-12,000; sold for $9,000 + B/P? (according to GFL website; but not sold, according to AASD)
  • Auctioned by Mossgreen, Melb., 12 Sept.2006, lot 53 (as ‘Cacti and Succulent series, 1986’, details and ill.as above; est.$12-16,000; not sold)
  • P/C Melb, (acc.to Deutscher & Hackett 5/07)
  • Auctioned by Deutscher & Hackett, Melb., 5 May 2007, lot 106 (as ‘Cacti and Succulent,’ 1986; details and ill.as above; est. $12-14,000; sold for $13,200 inc. buyer’s premium)


  • HA Gould 8/01, cat.21 (presumably this work: as Cacti and Succulent 1986)