Theatrical Facade (1996) [Canberra]

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 203 x 153

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra [1997/0007]

Exhibited in Arkley’s Venice Biennale ‘Home Show’ (1999), this is a typical example of Arkley’s mature approach to colour and decoration.

The treelessness, and hints of Mediterranean migrant taste, are witty and insightful (for a detailed analysis, see Carnival).


  • acquired for Parliament House in 1997


  • HA Venice (‘Home Show’)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (shown in Melbourne & Brisbane)
  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (details as above; ill.)


  • Livingstone & Morrell (HA Venice, p.22 (ill.)
  • Carnival 185-6 and Fig.6.37