Primitive (1995) [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on 5 sheets of paper, each 160 x 121

City of Port Phillip Collection, St Kilda, Melbourne

This variant of Primitive [mural] (1981) [W/P] was made specially for Arkley’s 1995 ‘White + Black’ show at Tolarno (the original being presumed lost at the time).

Described in 1995 as a ‘replica’ of the original, this is actually a distinct work, recycling the imagery of the 1981 mural into an obviously related but quite different configuration, using a generally heavier sprayed line.


  • unknown


  • Tolarno 9/95 (‘White + Black’, cat.22: dated c.1982-1995; $15,000)


  • Spray 122 (installation shot, as shown here)