Untitled [‘Cacti and Succulent’] 1986 [W/P]


Synthetic polymer paint on paper, 75 x 57

signed and dated [on reverse, according to Deutscher & Hackett]

Coll.: unknown


An elegant essay in grey and other muted tones. Arkley’s archive slide was apparently taken at the same time as those of other works shown at the Bellas Gallery in June 1987 (but it does not appear to have been shown there).

Details of the inscribed date and provenance were first published when the work was auctioned in Melbourne in 2006-7 (previously auctioned in May 2005 in Western Australia).


  • P/C Western Australia (acc.to Deutscher & Hackett 5/07)
  • Auctioned by GFL Fine Art (W.A.), 31 May 2005, lot 93 (ill., no date; est.$10-12,000; not sold? – according to AASD 9/09)
  • Auctioned by Mossgreen, Melb., 12 Sept.2006, lot 53 (as ‘Cacti and Succulent series, 1986’, details and ill.as above; est.$12-16,000; not sold)
  • P/C Melb, (acc.to Deutscher & Hackett 5/07)
  • Auctioned by Deutscher & Hackett, Melb., 5 May 2007, lot 106 (as ‘Cacti and Succulent,’ 1986; details and ill.as above; est. $12-14,000, sold for $13,200 inc. buyer’s premium)


  • HA Gould 8/01, cat.21 (presumably this work: as Cacti and Succulent 1986)