Roomarana 1993

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 172.5 x 135
signed, dated and titled
[on reverse]
Private collection, Melbourne

This is a sophisticated example of Arkley’s mature use of stencilled patterning and coloured line-work. The dining setting and lamp in the far room rely on a page from Gold’s Instant Decorator – also used (differently) for Roomrite (1992).

The florid carpet and the style in general are also closely comparable with various other Arkley interiors dating from 1992-4, e.g. A Roomfull (1994).


  • P/C 1993-2000 (‘Acquired from the artist by the present owner in 1993’, Christie’s)
  • Auctioned by Christie’s, Sydney, 13/8/00, lot 45 (ill.; dets. as above; est. $120-150,00; sold for $150,000 plus buyer’s premium)


  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (details as above; ill.)