Third Overpass 1998

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 160 x 135.5

Signed, dated and titled [on verso: ‘Name Howard ARkley / Title “Third Overpass” / Date 1998 / Size 160 cm x 135 cm  / Medium Acrylic on Canvas’]

Private collection, Melbourne

This variant of Arkley’s vertical-format freeway composition (documented examples from 1995-99) was acquired, along with several other late works by the artist, in about 1998. The softened palette and light grey line-work are characteristic of Arkley’s later style in general, and several of his freeway images in particular – compare e.g. Freeway Exit (1999) [Lovegrove].

In the present work, though, road and sky mirror one another in the same sky-blue hue. The modelling of the prominent mauve foreground column is also unusual here, creating an interesting tension with the otherwise typically flat, graphic treatment.


  • P/C Queensland, acquired directly from the artist, c.1998: information  and ID photos, inc.detail of verso inscription, forwarded to Arkley Estate Sept.2011
  • Auctioned by Menzies, Sydney, 23 Sept.2014, lot 27 (ill., details as above; est.$50-70,000; sold for $75,000 plus buyer’s premium = $92,045)


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