Untitled heads [1-10] 1998 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, each c.74 x 56

All ten drawings were shown at Metro 5 in February 2002, as dating from 1998 (and priced at $15,000 each). However only one (reproduced in the catalogue-brochure) is certainly identifiable: see now Untitled (‘Head 1’) 1998 [W/P].

The following works also seem likely to belong to this group:

Untitled head (#2) (1998) [W/P]: photo in Arkley’s files

Untitled head (#3) 1998 [W/P] and Untitled head (#4) 1998 [W/P]: first auctioned, together, in April 2003

Untitled head (#5) 1998 [W/P] and Untitled head (#6) 1998 [W/P]: first auctioned, together, in December 2013

B/W Icon Head 1998 [W/P]: auctioned in March 2004

Untitled (distorted head) 1998 [W/P]: apparently donated by Arkley to a charity auction in 1998

Four ‘Head Studies’ auctioned by Sotheby’s, Melb., 5 May 2003, lot 220 (each as undated, 84 x 59.3, ‘art dye ink on paper’) may also refer to work from this series, although the details are different, and the works were not reproduced.

These heads have a mid 1980s parallel in Faces – Variations 1-8 (1985?) [W/P], presumably smaller-scale works drawings made with black fibre-tipped pen: see e.g. Untitled [Head] 1985 [W/P].

Exhibited

  • HA Metro 5, Feb.2002, cat.25-34 (details as noted above)