Untitled [Tudor House] (c.1988) [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on shaped paper, c.70 x 61 (irregular)
State Library of Victoria

This large sprayed drawing formed part of Tudor House; and source material (1988 and earlier) [W/P], as exhibited in 1988, and may have been made specifically for that show. It should be distinguished from the central work on paper visible in installation photos of the “Tudor” section of the 1988 exhibition (a considerably larger work  measuring about 172 x 122 cm, not certainly identifiable now).

There is a particularly heavy, looming character to this work, exemplifying the developing “dark side” of Arkley’s suburban theme. For further comments, see my Carnival in Suburbia, pp.21ff., esp.pp.26-28, on the Tudor theme in Arkley’s late 80s work.


  • Artist’s collection (A 250)
  • private collection, Melbourne
  • State Library of Victoria, 2021


  • “Casual Works,” 200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, May 1988, and IMA, Brisbane, Oct.1988 (“Tudor” section)