House with Native Tree 1997

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 175 x 135.2 

Signed, dated and titled [on reverse of canvas]

TarraWarra Museum of Art collection (gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO 2001)

This is a variant of House with Native Tree 1996 and several other closely related canvases also dating from 1996.

In this case, while the sprayed line is grey, the overall colour scheme is more vivid, with a generally blue-ish tone, and the windows are blank. See also Home with Eucalyptus (1999), for Arkley’s last version of the same composition.

The present painting has been included in several exhibitions at the TarraWarra Museum of Art since it was acquired for that collection in 2001. Many thanks to Anthony Fitzpatrick, Curator, TWMA, for providing additional information and photographs (April 2014), and also to Geoffrey Smith for clarifying the work’s history (Dec.2022).


  • Private collection, Melbourne [ Gould Galleries]
  • Gould Galleries, Melbourne (label on verso)
  • Eva and Marc Besen (donated to TarraWarra in 2001)


  • HA Gould 12 Feb.-12 March 2000,
  • Gould Galleries, Melbourne, 25 March – 30 April 2000 (‘Twentieth Century Art” A Major Collectors’ Exhibition’; cat.46; ill.)
  • TarraWarra Museum of Art, 7 Nov.2004 – 22 May 2005 (‘A Sense of Place’, curated by Vicki McInnes)
  • TarraWarra Museum of Art, 12 April – 20 July 2008 (‘Time and Place: Selected works from the RWMA collection’)
  • TarraWarra Museum of Art, 21 Aug. – 8 Nov.2009 (‘Child Like: Selected works from the TWMA collection’)
  • TarraWarra Museum of Art, 6 Aug. – 2 Oct.2011 (‘Boundary Line’, curated by Anthony Fitzpatrick)
  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (details as above; ill.)


  • Heathcote & others 2009, unpaginated (ill.) [TarraWarra volume]