Untitled (“Bunch of Flowers”) (1987) [W/P]

_MG_1107 copy

Synthetic polymer paint on coloured paper in wooden frame, 30 x 23

Inscribed at lower margin: “To Sue with love and good luck in Brisbane / from Howard xx…”

Collection of Sue Cramer

This work typifies Arkley’s more informal, “minor” works on paper – here a gift for Cramer on the occasion of her taking up the post of Director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane (1987-89). A well-respected critic and curator who also owns Arkley’s Untitled [Zappo study] (1983) [W/P], she is now a curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne (for her CV, see e.g. http://alumni.online.unimelb.edu.au/s/1182/match/wide.aspx?sid=1182&pgid=2077&gid=1&cid=3109&ecid=3109&post_id=0 [May 2012]).

The exact line of demarcation between such works and Arkley’s major works on paper is hard to define; the inclusion of this example in the Arkley survey at the TarraWarra Museum of Art in 2015-16 (in the “friends” section of the show) helps sway the decision to catalogue it here.

Provenance

  • as above

Exhibited

  • HA TarraWarra 12/15-2/16 (as Bunch of Flowers 1987; ill.)