Nice & Spacey (1993)

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 173 x 135
Private collection, Melbourne

This extravaganza of pattern-making was exhibited in ‘High Pop’, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, April-May 1993 (documented in installation photos in Arkley’s archive). The use of stencils and coloured line-work is particularly prominent here, elaborating on the 1992 ‘Mix’n Match’ series at Tolarno.

The source (modified) is the model lounge room from Gold’s Instant Decorator, also the basis for various other 1993 works including Neapolitan Delight (1993) [lounge-room].


  • Purchased from Roslyn Oxley9 in 1993 for $6,300 inc. commission (according to Arkley’s’s 1993-6 stock-book)
  • In current collection by 2006 (NGVA Arkley retrospective planning files)


  • Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, 4/93 (‘High Pop’)
  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (details as above; ill.)