Untitled [A341] (c.1974-76) [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint and ink on paper, 55 x 76 (sheet), c.40 x 64 (images)

Private collection, Melbourne

As in several other large-scale ‘white’ works on paper produced by Arkley between c.1974 and 1976-77, two contrasting drawings appear side by side within a pictorial field outlined in pencil (see now ‘White’ W/P cat.nos.241ff.).

Here, though, a realistic pencil drawing appears beside a typical abstract ‘white’ composition. It seems unclear whether this was a deliberate experiment, or simply a matter of using the same sheet of paper for two different sketches.

The man shaving is also the subject of a similar, realistic pencil drawing in Arkley’s studio collection (not catalogued separately here).

= ‘White’ W/P cat.no.283 [previously numbered 257A]


  • artist’s collection (no.A341)