‘Howard Arkley: Recent Works’, Roslyn Oxley9, Sydney, June-July 1983



‘Howard Arkley: Recent Works’, Roslyn Oxley9, 13-27 Macdonald Street, Paddington, Sydney, 15 June-2 July 1983

This show, the first of several solo Arkley exhibitions at this major Sydney gallery during the 1980s, show-cased his new figurative style with a mixture of new and previously exhibited canvases. A doodle-style invitation mock-up by the artist is preserved in his archive (reproduced here).

No installation photos appear to be extant, but the check-list provides details as follows (all noted as acrylic on canvas, except nos.4 & 5, listed as ‘acrylic on paper on canvas’; all dated 1983 except no.11). Unfortunately, several of the works shown remain unidentified. For a review, see McGrath (1983).

(photo: exhibition invitation mock-up [Arkley archive])

1. Spot the Difference (A) (160 x 250; $1,800) = Spot the Difference (Fast) 1983: green-yellow canvas first exh.in McCaughey Prize, NGV, Feb.1983, as ‘Romantic (Spot the Difference)’ and then in HA exh.at Quentin, Perth, Feb.1985, as ‘Spot the Difference – Fast’; despite variant titles (and indications of size), presuming a single work, a twin for cat.no.2

2. Spot the Difference (B) (160 x 250; $1,800) = Spot the Difference (Slow) 1983: red-yellow canvas first exh. in McCaughey Prize, NGV, Feb.1983, as ‘Amphetamine (Spot the Difference)’ and then in HA exh.at Quentin, Perth, Feb.1985, as ‘Spot the Difference – Slow’; again presuming a single work, the twin of cat.no.1

3. Model (160 x 120; $1,000) = Model 1983: black-and-white canvas shown at Tolarno 10/83 as ‘Zygocactus’; later exh. in HA Monash 1991 and reproduced in Spray as Model.

4. Cartographer (160 x 120; $1,000) = Cartographer (After Durer) 1983, later exh. at Tolarno 10/83, HA Monash 1991 etc.

5. Suburban (160 x 121; $1,000) = Suburban 1983: NB sprayed over wallpaper, as in Suburban Interior (1983), but gallery photo from the time clearly shows this was a distinct work; later exh.ANZART Edinburgh 1984 [HA slide from Melbourne exhibition 1985]

6. Portrait (160 x 120; $1,000) = Portrait (1983): unidentified

7. Amphetamine (160 x 120; $1,000) = Amphetamine (1983): unidentified; NB clearly not the ‘Spot the Difference’ picture, also shown in this exhibition (see no.2 above)

8. Lightning (160 x 120; $1,000) = Zappo (1983) (originally titled ‘Lightning’; then shown at Tolarno 10/83 and thereafter under its present title)

9. Schizo (160 x 120; $1,000) = Schizo (1983) [private collection, Melbourne]: sprayed on a poster, like Winds of War Graffiti 1983 [aka Billboard]

10. Icon (triptych) (160 x 250; $1,800) = Icon (triptych) 1983 [Artbank coll., Sydney]

11. Primitive Silver (1982; 210 x 210; $2,500) = Primitive Silver 1982 [private collection, Melbourne]