Deluxe Setting 1992

Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 173 x 135
signed, dated and titled
Private collection, Melbourne

A widely-published example of Arkley’s mature use of clashing hues and vivid patterning, including extensive stencilling. The result is paradoxically controlled, as if all the competing forces have reached a point of momentary equilibrium (Arkley’s contemporary Kathy Temin made related comments on the formal achievement here, in her contribution to the Arkley retrospective audio-guide in 2006).

The composition, based on a page in Gold’s Instant Decorator, varies that used for the right-hand canvas of Blue Chip Instant Decorator (1991-2) [3/M].

This painting was reproduced on the 1992 ‘Mix’n Match exhibition invitation, and the catalogue cover (B&W photo including Arkley himself, also brightly patterned: see reproduction above, under exhibition entry), and later featured on the cover of Carnival in Suburbia.


  • Purchased directly through Tolarno in 1992


  • HA Tolarno 10/92 (‘Mix’n Match’), cat.1 (details as above)
  • ‘Australia: Familiar & Strange’, Korea 1996
  • ‘Claustrophobia’, Birmingham (U.K.) etc., June 1998-Jan.2000
  • HA retrospective 2006-7 (all 3 venues)


  • Gregory 1992 (, unpaginated)
  • Rooney 1992 (; inc.B&W ill.)
  • Spray 111 (ill.)
  • Carnival Fig.3.17 (and front cover)
  • NGVA Arkley audio-guide 2006 (comments by Jason Smith and Kathy Temin, as noted above)