High Fenced 1996

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 203 x 153

Signed and dated verso

Private collection, London

This work, first shown by Tolarno at Art Cologne in 1996, applies the all-over ‘moiré’ patterning Arkley developed in 1994 to a new suburban subject, featuring quasi-classical detailing in the front fence. This composition first appeared in monochrome form in High Fenced (1995) [W/P].

Arkley’s archive contains a series of photos of the painting in process, and one, dated Oct.1996, showing the artist engaged in hanging the completed work (at Tolarno?).

Provenance details and a good recent photograph, as shown here, kindly provided by Ella Perrottet (Registrar, Deutscher and Hackett), ahead of the auction of the work in Melbourne in November 2022.


  • Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
  • Gould Galleries, Melbourne, acquired from the above, 1996
  • Private collection, London, acquired from the above, 2000
  • Auctioned by Deutscher and Hackett, Melb., 1 Dec.2022, lot 5 (with additional provenance details and photograph as shown here; est.$500-700,000; sold for $700,000 + B/P = $859,091)


  • Tolarno at Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany, 10-17 Nov. 1996