Stucco House (1988)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 175 x 135

Private collection, Melbourne (?)

This exemplary suburban image from the artist’s 1988 Tolarno show contains extensive passages of ‘painterly’ brush-work alluding to grass, stucco and other textures.

For the blend of modest and aspirational qualities in this typical inner-suburban Melbourne bungalow, see Carnival 190.

Arkley later used this composition again (very differently) for Floriated Residence (1994).


  • Arkley’s 1988 list of sales records original buyer and price of $6,000


  • HA Tolarno 8/88, cat.5 (details as above);
  • ‘Neighbours’, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, 5/91


  • Engberg, ‘On the street where you live’, 1988 (Tolarno; B&W ill.)
  • O’Halloran 1991 (‘Neighbours’, unpaginated; ill.)
  • Spray 88 (ill.)
  • Carnival 190 and Fig.6.39 (full-page ill.)