Polaroid Portrait 1990

Alternate title: Camera Head
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 175 x 135
Signed, dated and titled (verso)
Private Collection, Melbourne

First shown in the ‘Head Show’ (1990), this painting is documented by slides in Arkley’s archive. The artist’s verso inscription, possibly added later, incorrectly indicates the size of the canvas as 120 x 160, and gives the title as ‘Camera Head’ (perhaps an alternative title at some stage).

Untitled [‘Polaroid Portrait collage study’] (1997?) [W/P], a collage drawing related to this canvas (and possibly a working drawing for it, although dated later), has appeared at auction several times since the artist’s death.


  • Unknown


  • HA Tolarno 10/90 (‘The Head Show’), cat.5 (as ‘Polaroid Portrait’)