1993 Works


A reprise of Logitex (table and chair tableau) (1980-84) [3/M] and Muzak Mural – Chair Tableau (1980-81) [3/M], in the bright colour scheme typical of Arkley’s 1993 ‘Recommended Rooms’ exhibition.


This elegant work was first shown in Tolarno’s ‘Art Cologne’ exhibit in 1993.
This canvas involves an interplay between stylized and illusionistic treatment of the domestic details.
First shown in the Arkley exhibition at Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, May 1993.
First shown in Arkley’s solo exhibition at Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, May 1993.
This painting – a larger variant of Triple Fronted 1987 – has been a touchstone for the idea of Arkley’s houses as a mirror of Australian suburban reality.
This painting, first exhibited in Arkley’s 1993 solo show at the Bellas Gallery in Brisbane, is documented by a slide in Arkley’s archive.
This multi-panel work was shown at the Bellas Gallery in 1993 and subsequently purchased for a private collection in Melbourne.
This work, which does not appear to have been exhibited, is documented via a slide in Arkley’s archive.
Exhibited in HA Bellas 5/93; slide in Arkley’s archive.
This work was reproduced on the cover of Art & Australia in 1997.
Extravaganza of pattern-making exhibited in ‘High Pop’, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, April-May 1993.
Exhibited in HA Bellas, Brisbane, 5/93.
The florid carpet and the style in general are closely comparable with various other Arkley interiors dating from 1992-4.
This canvas relates to the blue ('X') chair in Muzak Mural Chair Tableau (1980-81) [3/M]
Pastel-dotted painting clearly related to the 1993 installation Arkley exhibited at the Bellas Gallery in May 1993.

Works on Paper

Unidentified work shown in Arkley's 1995 'White + Black' exhibition.
Unidentified work on paper shown in HA Tolarno 9/95 ('White + Black').
A variant of Triple Fronted (1988) and Family Home: Suburban Exterior (1993).

Works on Paper Minor

No individual examples noted. See also Visual Diaries D 35 (1993) and D 36 (c.1993-4).
Roslyn Oxley 1993 exh

(photo: ‘High Pop’ installation photo, Roslyn Oxley9, April-May 1993, showing (from left) works by Constanze Zikos, Kathy Temin (background), and Arkley’s Nice & Spacey (1993) & Untitled (1988) [Hedge] [archive photo])

This was a year of consolidation for Arkley, marked by significant interstate and international exposure, and the acquisition of several key suburban images for major public collections.

Two suburban works appeared in a group show curated by Jeff Gibson at Roslyn Oxley9 in Sydney in April/May (‘High Pop’); one of the paintings, Untitled 1988 [Hedge], subsequently entered the MCA collection in Sydney. Arkley’s ‘Recommended Rooms’ exhibition at the Bellas Gallery in May/June comprised a series of patterned suburban interiors echoing and developing on his 1992 Tolarno ‘Mix’n Match’ show.

A major new suburban house exterior (Australian Home 1993) was shown at the Tolarno exhibit at Art Cologne in November, and later acquired for the Hamilton Art Gallery).

1993 Exhibitions


‘Bendigo Art Gallery – Acquisitions 1992’, Bendigo Art Gallery, 28 Jan.-28 Feb.1993


‘Chandler Coventry: a Private Collection’, Campbelltown (N.S.W.) City Art Gallery, 2 April – 2 May 1993 (exh.cat.: Garside 1993)

‘High Pop’, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, 28 April-15 May 1993 (cur.Jeff Gibson: Arkley, Zikos etc.; checklist and installation photo in Arkley archive: reproduced here)


‘Howard Arkley – Recommended Rooms’, Bellas, Brisbane, May-June 1993

refer linked entry for full details

‘Art Cologne’, 11-17 Nov. (Tolarno exhibit) (see documents in Arkley files)