A Freeway Painting (Exit) 1994

Freeway Painting (Exit) 1994







Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 183.5 x 366
signed, dated and titled [on reverse: ‘Howard Arkley / A Freeway Painting (Exit) / 1994’]
Private collection, Melbourne


The success of this work – and its companion, A Freeway Painting (Over Pass) (1994), also first shown at Tolarno in 1994 – is due in large part to Arkley’s ability to sustain the sweeping dark grey line, and areas of undifferentiated colour, on such an extensive scale.

This achievement seems to be lost on a number of commentators on this work, whether critical (e.g. Nelson 1996) or apparently sympathetic (e.g. Spray 116, echoed by Preston 2002).






  • Listed in HA’s 1993-6 stock-book (for 1994) as still at Tolarno (priced at $20,000)
  • Also noted in Engberg 1995:19 as courtesy Tolarno


  • HA Tolarno 11/94 (‘Pointillist Suburb series’), cat.10
  • Heide 3/95 (‘Downtown’)
  • NGV 12/95 (‘Into and Out of Abstraction’)
  • Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 12/98 (‘Cars and Culture’)
  • HA Gould, Melb., 8/01, cat.13 (ill.)
  • HA Gould, Sydney, 3/02, cat.9 (erroneously listing the date as 1995)


  • Engberg 1995 (‘Downtown’ exh.cat.), p.19 (ill.)
  • Nelson 1996, reviewing ‘Into and Out of Abstraction’
  • Spray 116 (inc.ill.)
  • Preston 2002: 201