W Chair (Functional Objects series) (1980) [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on card, 83 x 41.5 (irreg.)
Private collection, Melbourne

Cut to shape, this work is clearly very similar to the axonometric black chair in Four Chairs W, V, X, T 1980 [W/P] (NGA, Canberra), both works related in turn to the corresponding piece of furniture in Muzak Mural – Chair Tableau (1980-81) [3/M] (NGV, Melbourne).

On the verso are the remnants of one of the other “Functional Object” works on paper from the same period, documented by a slide in Arkley’s archive, and catalogued separately here as Drawing for Tram (1980) [W/P].


  • Gift from the artist, c.1982-88 (email advice, Jan./Feb.2020)