Red Wedge [#2] 1981 [W/P]

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 87 x 56

Signed, dated & titled l.r: ‘Red Wedge, Howard Arkley 81’

Private collection, Melbourne

This variant of the composition used for Red Wedge [#1] 1981 [W/P] was first exhibited in Arkley’s 1991 survey show at Monash (and photographed there as reproduced here). Slides in Arkley’s archive, dated Oct81, show the work before the addition of the inscription.

The composition is closely similar to that of the first version, but rotated 180 degrees (as indicated by the inscription), and with some other minor variations in detail.

Monash Gallery files include details for the owner, who also lent Discocacti [study] (1986?) [W/P] for the 1991 exhibition. In 2013, both works were reproduced in an online real estate report on the sale of an East St Kilda property, but their current whereabouts is unknown.

NB this is a new entry, added Dec.2023, correcting previous conflation of the details for this work and the first version noted above.


  • Private collection, Melbourne (by 1991)


  • HA Monash 1991, cat.27 (as ‘Study for Red Wedge Carpet 1980’; size as given above; indicating sd+t on verso)