Dining in a Glow 1993

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 175.5 x 135
signed, dated and titled [on reverse]
Private collection, Melbourne

First shown in Arkley’s solo  exhibition at Bellas Gallery, Brisbane, May 1993, this painting is a ‘close-up’ variant of Mod Style (1992); for comparative discussion of both works, see Carnival 30 (including comment on the derivation of both works from the ‘Contemporary Living Room’ page of Gold’s Instant Decorator).

The sale of this painting at Deutscher-Menzies’ auction in May 2000 (for a new record price) initiated a flurry of art market interest in Arkley’s work after his death.


  • History prior to 2000 unknown
  • Auctioned by Deutscher-Menzies, Melb., 3-4 May 2000, lot 1 (ill.: detail as above; sold for $178,500)
  • Recorded in Melb.P/C in NGVA Arkley retrospective planning files 2006


  • HA Bellas, Brisbane, 5/93, cat.5 ($7,000)
  • HA Metro 5, Melb., 2/02, cat.3 (priced at $240,000)
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (all 3 venues)


  • Carnival 30 and Fig.1.19