Untitled [‘Cactus Head’] 1984 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on 2 sheets of paper, 98 x 44 cm

Signed, dated & inscribed centre right: ‘For Tony 1984 Howard Arkley’

Collection unknown (last auctioned Aug.2019)

This work, acquired with Untitled [‘Suicide’] (1984) [W/P], was inscribed for the recipient.

The imagery relates to both Primitive [mural] (1981) [W/P] and its subsequent variants, and Arkley’s various other cactoid works on paper dating from 1984.


  • Acquired from the artist, 1984
  • Auctioned by Deutscher & Hackett, Sydney, 28 Aug.2019, lot 115 (as Untitled 1984; details and ill.as shown here; noted as “Private sale”)