Must see exhibition | Howard Arkley (and friends..) at Tarrawarra Museum of Art

This exhibition is a great opportunity to see an extensive collection of Howard Arkley paintings. It is really interesting to see the different types of work he created and also his ideas in visual diaries and sketches that are also on display. The Tarrawarra Museum of Art is the perfect setting to show this wonderful exhibtion.

Image: Howard Arkley, The Bay Window 1988 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 161 x 199.7 cm Gift of Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AO. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2008, TarraWarra Museum of Art collection © The Estate of Howard Arkley. Courtesy Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art

5 December 2015 – 28 February 2016


Howard Arkley (and friends…) includes over 60 paintings by Arkley from 1974 until 1999, featuring a number of works that have not been shown before along with some of his most iconic images. Key paintings have been selected from different periods of his career, including the sparse black and white paintings from the 1970s; his breakthrough into figuration with works such asPrimitive and Tattooed Head; his surreal Zappo and cacti paintings; the electrifying house exteriors and interiors; and his final freeway works.

The exhibition introduces three distinctive perspectives to Arkley: his archive, his music and his friends. Photographs, visual diaries, sketch books and source material, on loan from the State Library of Victoria, reveal Arkley’s ideas, influences and working methods in developing his images; a selection of tracks from the artist’s record collection played throughout the exhibition, highlights the influence of music on his work; and the inclusion of works by Arkley’s friends and colleagues Alison Burton, Tony Clark, Aleks Danko, Juan Davila, Elizabeth Gower, Christine Johnson, Geoff Lowe, Callum Morton, John Nixon, Kathy Temin, Peter Tyndall, Jenny Watson and Constanze Zikos, provides insights into Arkley’s immersion and influence within a vibrant, artistic milieu.

Howard Arkley (and friends…) demonstrates the complex processes that Arkley applied to each work of art, and traces his journeys through abstraction and figuration; pop and punk; sampling and the spray painted line. It reveals the ways in which the artist consumed and then altered his source material through the use of high keyed colour, pattern and repetition, abstraction and the fuzzy, optical effects of the airbrush, transforming our perception of the everyday world around us.


Howard Arkley (and friends…)
Tarrawarra Museum of Art , 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Tarrawarra VIC 3775,
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