After the fallow years of 2021-2, 2022 saw a larger number of Arkleys offered for auction, including several key works. Deutscher and Hackett’s February auction of major paintings from the National Australia Bank Art Collection saw both Arkleys (Stroke 1975 and Waterfall 2 1988) fetch prices well above their estimates. In November, High Fenced 1996, in an overseas collection since 2000, sold at Deutscher and Hackett for $700,000 (just over $850,000 with buyer’s premium). In May, Interior with Built-In Bar 1992 [W/P] [Howard Arkley & Juan Davila], a unique preparatory gouache for the two artists’ 1992 screenprint, sold at Leonard Joel’s “Centum” auction.

Several significant works owned by a noted Melbourne collector were added to the present catalogue during the year, following the receipt of new information: see in particular Untitled 1976 (a ‘white’ canvas purchased at a Leonard Joel auction in 1991), and Homefront Strips (1993).

Among publications, my article on the Howard Arkley Archive (La Trobe Journal Sept.2022) suggested directions for new research opened up by the extensive collection now accessible through State Library Victoria.