Table 1980 [W/P] (‘Functional Object’ series)

Table 1980 [W_P]#4027

Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 54.4 x 79 [on backing 70.4 x 100.2]

signed dated and titled [on reverse: ‘Functional Objects series / Title: Table / Size: 81.5 cm x 57 cm / Medium: Acrylic on paper / Date: 1980 / Howard Arkley’]

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra [84.1553]

First shown in Canberra in 1983 and acquired for the NGA in 1984. Arkley’s archive slide, reproduced here, carries the process date Dec83.

The shading on the table legs, and the foreshortening, generate contradictory contrasts with the diagonal patterning.


  • acquired by NGA 1984 (details via NGA website)


  • NGA 1983 (‘A Melbourne Mood’)