Curlicue Console 1998 [3/M]

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas & wood, 30.5 x 100 x 21.5 (bracket), each canvas 30.5 x 23 (including ‘spare’ 4th canvas)

Signed, dated  and titled [s+d verso of each panel: ‘Howard Arkley 98’; titled on bracket]

Private collection, Melbourne

First exhibited in ‘Sampling’ (HA Tolarno 11/98), as reproduced here, via archive slide, this work was later shown at the John Buckley Gallery with a 4th (‘spare’) canvas alongside the 3 originally exhibited at Tolarno. The complete ensemble was subsequently acquired by the present owner. Many thanks to Peter Anderson for forwarding details and photographs (including one of the console with all 4 canvases: refer linked Art Nomad entry below).

The work typifies the general idea of the ‘Sampling’ exhibition as displaying works in the manner of a furniture showroom (see now discussion in Spray, rev.edn., 2001, pp.133-39 and Carnival pp.78-79).


  • Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
  • Coll.John Buckley, Melbourne
  • auctioned by Mossgreen, Melb., 13 May 2014 [John Buckley Collection auction], lot 19: ill., est.$20-30,000; sold for $13,420
  • subsequently with Art Nomad, Brighton (Melbourne): details as shown above, and reproductions including all 4 canvases: see
  • auctioned by Menzies, Melbourne, 10 Aug.2017, lot 57 (ill., details as above; est.$30-40,000; sold for $39,272 inc.buyer’s premium)


  • HA Tolarno 11/98 (‘Sampling’, cat.12: details as above)
  • John Buckley Gallery, Melb., 12/08 – 2/09 (‘Neo Pop’): as 1997; size given as 30 x 101 x 22