Arrows 1978

Arrows 1978

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 204 x 78.5

signed, dated and titled [on reverse: ‘Arrows / Howard Arkley / H Arkley 78’ – acc.to Deutscher-Menzies]

Coll.: unknown

This painting was not included in Arkley’s solo show at the Coventry Gallery, Sydney, in March 1980 (as indicated when the work was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1995). However, it was owned by Chandler Coventry, who may have purchased it before the 1980 show opened (see also Leaves 1978).

It was sold at auction in 1995, and has changed hands several times since Arkley’s death.

Triangles 1979 is a closely related variant.

Provenance

  • Coll. Chandler Coventry, c.1980-95
  • auctioned by Sotheby’s Melb., 28 Nov.1995, lot 643 (prov.noted as Chandler Coventry coll.; ill.; sold for $4,000 plus buyer’s premium)
  • corporate coll., Melb. (acc.to owner 4/03)
  • auctioned by Deutscher-Menzies, Melb., 3-4 May 2000, Lot 208 (ill.; est.$10-15,000; sold for $21,275, inc. buyer’s premium)
  • listed in P/C Melb. 4/03
  • auctioned by GFL Fine Art (W.A.), 25 Nov.2008, lot 43 (as Arrows, 203 x 78; ill.; no date or history given; est.$25-35,000; sold for $20,000)
  • auctioned again by GFL Fine Art (W.A.), 25 Nov.2014, lot 36 (as 204 x 78.5, s+t; est.$16-22,000; sold for $16,000 plus B/P = $18,400)

Exhibited

  • HA Gould 8/01, cat.2