Animal Study 1972 [W/P]

Pencil on paper, 35.5 x 48
Signed and dated lower right: ‘H ARKLEY 72’ 
Private collection, Melbourne

This assured early work, which came to light at auction in 2020, was acquired by exchange between Arkley and the owner, a fellow final year painting student at Prahran CAE.

It is similar to several exploratory drawings from the period when Arkley was beginning to carve out an independent career. Compare in particular Untitled [birds] (c.1972) [W/P].


  • acquired by exchange with Arkley, 1972
  • auctioned by Gibson’s, Armadale, 15 June 2020, lot 117 (details and shown here; est.$1,500-1,800; sold for $2000 + B/P = $2,440)