Chair Tableau with Muzak Mural; and source material (1988 and earlier) [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on 2 sheets of paper, 170.6 x 120.6; source material in framed panel, 120.4 x 84.4
National Gallery of Victoria [work on paper, purchased from the admission funds, 1989 (P90-1989); source material: gift of the artist, 1989 (P109A-1989)]

First shown in Arkley’s 1988 ‘Casual Works’ exhibition, and subsequently acquired for the NGV. In the main work on paper, Arkley specifically referenced Muzak Mural: Chair Tableau (1980-81) [3/M], also in the NGV collection. The source material combines various furniture and pattern-making images, including a photo of Tram no.384 1980 [3/M]. For a photo including the source images from this ensemble, as shown in the 2006-7 Arkley retrospective, see under ‘Howard Arkley: Casual Works’, 1988.


  • Acquired directly via Tolarno in 1989


  • HA ‘Casual Works’ 1988
  • HA Monash 1991, cat.nos.71 (main work on paper) and 72 (source material)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (source material only; shown in Melbourne only)