1973

1973 Works

Paintings

Carbonite (1973)
This work apparently won the Caltex Alva Prize in Morwell in 1973.
Unidentified painting entered in the Bunbury Art Prize, Western Australia, in 1974 (prize-winner?).
= Fast Lid 1974

Works on Paper

Unidentified work listed in Arkley's files.
Unidentified work on paper entered in the Minnie Crouch Prize, Ballarat, 1973.
Unidentified work listed in Arkley’s files.
Unidentified work listed in Arkley’s files.
Untitled 1973 [W_P]#9B60
A highly finished abstract work possibly exhibited under another title.
Untitled ['The Star'] 1973 [W_P]#C479
An early work on paper featuring coloured air-brushing and stencilling.
Arkley in masquerade 1973

(photo: Arkley in masquerade, Prahran, 1973; photo by Elizabeth Gower? [Arkley archive])

Arkley completed his diploma at Prahran, exhibited in a student show at Hawthorn City Gallery, and submitted several works to art prizes during the year. He and Elizabeth Gower moved into a shared studio space at 282 Chapel Street, Prahran (there are numerous photos in the Arkley archive, e.g. the example shown here). Arkley’s files also contain slides dating from July 1973, showing the couple on holiday in Sydney (with John Nixon and Jenny Watson). In December, Arkley and Gower were married: see photos in Arkley’s archive (and wedding photo in Preston 2002, facing p.118).

1973 Exhibitions

(details here via Duncan 1991:16 & 31, and HA Bio.1969-75)

‘Four Painters’, Hawthorn City Gallery

  • 3 paintings and 6 drawings, unidentified (acc.to Bio.1969-75)

Minnie Crouch Prize exh., Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, 21 March-25 April 1973

  • Intoxication (1973?) [W/P] (‘coloured ink’ drawing; unidentified; thanks to Anne Rowland, Ballarat Gallery Registrar, for her advice on this work, Nov.2008; see also under 1975)

Perth Prize for Drawing International exh., AGWA [cat.in Arkley’s archive, listing title]

Caltex Drawing Biennial? [acc.to Bio.1969-75]

  • 2 drawings: Germinating (1973?) [W/P]; Reading (1973?) [W/P] (each 24” x 32”; each priced at $55, acc.to roneod check-list in Arkley’s files, headed ‘“Festival of Drawing” – Supplementary catalogue’: details yet to trace)

Caltex Alva Prize exh., La Trobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, 1973

  • Carbonite (1973): 1st prize [acc.to HA Bio.1969-75]; acquired for La Trobe coll.

Corio 5 Star Whisky Prize exh., Geelong Art Gallery, c.Dec.1973

  • - Speeding: probably = Fast Lid 1974 (now NGV); NB HA slide of this, w.process date Jun74, labelled ‘Speeding’; & see Makin 1973 (reviewing the Corio Prize exhibition; unfortunately, the Geelong Art Gallery has no record of this exhibition)

The Ronald Prize 1973 (ref. Bio.1969-75: no other details)