Untitled [‘Abstract’] 1976

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 180 x 162

Signed and dated: ‘H.Arkley ’76’ (acc.to Leonard Joel)

Coll.: unknown

This work was auctioned by Leonard Joel in Melbourne in 1991; its earlier history is unknown, and there do not appear to be any photographs in the artist’s archive.

To judge from the auction catalogue photograph (reproduced here), this work clearly relates to several of the artist’s other ‘white’ paintings dating from 1974-76: see e.g. Pauses (Interchronic) 1976. The juxtaposition of two contrasting forms made up of both sprayed and linear elements is also closely reminiscent of a number of his works on paper from the same period; Untitled [Christie’s] 1976 [W/P] is particularly closely comparable.


  • earlier history unknown
  • auctioned by Leonard Joel, Melb., 16 April 1991, lot 180 (as ‘Abstract’; ill. and details as shown here); est.$3-4,000; sold for $3,000 plus buyer’s premium (acc.to AASD)