Untitled [‘The Sunshade Home’] 1997 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 74.5 x 54.5

Signed and dated [l.r., within image: ‘Howard Arkley 97’]

Coll.: unknown

Another variant of a favourite Arkley composition first used in Our Home (1986), and then in vertical format in Spray Veneer (1994) and several later works on paper, such as Dull Home 1998 [W/P], where, however, the line-work is bluish-grey.

The present example was acquired c.1998 in a group of late Arkleys, which also included two other works also based on the same composition: The Yellow Green House 1998 and Sun Shade Home 1998 [W/P].

There appears to be evidence of an unsuccessful attempt to erase traces of earlier sprayed line-work in the area of the red bush, in this work.

It is unclear whether the title ‘The Sunshade Home’ is original.


  • Private collection, Queensland, acquired directly from the artist c.1998: information and ID photo supplied to Arkley Estate by the owners Sept.2011 (as ‘The Sunshade Home’)
  • Auctioned by Menzies, Melb., 20 March 2014, lot 107: ill., details as above; est.$14-18,000; sold for $17,000 plus buyer’s premium ($20,864)