Howard Arkley – Limited Editions

Available in 2 sizes - Large or X Large

Large
Approx 70 x 100 cm framed
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X Large
Approx 130 x 100 cm framed
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Howard Arkley Biography

(5 May 1951 – 22 July 1999)

Howard Arkley was born in Melbourne, Australia, 5th May 1951. Howard Arkley is known for his airbrushed paintings of houses, architecture and suburbia.

After seeing an exhibition of works by Sidney Nolan, Arkley became very interested in art. Nolan's use of household materials inspired him and abstract artists such as Klee and Kandinsky also appealed to him. After discovering art, Arkley studied at Prahran College of Advanced Education from 1969 to 1992 where he discovered the airbrush, which he subsequently used in his paintings as he desired smooth surfaces. He had his first exhibition, aged 24, at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, in 1975. Most of his early works were abstract, often depicting patterns or lines created with the airbrush. Arkley's works were first black and white, it was only later on that he began experimenting with colour. A turning point in Arkley's career was in 1981 when he created Primitive, a mural, which caught the attention of the public of his potential. In 1982 he painted a tram for the Victorian Ministry of the Arts.

One of his first pieces, "Le que" was noted in the Fine Arts Falls Collection in 1973.

His work was shown at the 1998 Biennale of Sydney, as well as international shows in Korea, Singapore and Germany. 

He painted a colourful airbrushed portrait of musician Nick Cave  in 1999 which is in the Collection of the National Portrait Collection in Canberra.

Arkley opened his final exhibition at the 1999 Venice Biennale, then traveled to London to plan an album cover for Nick Cave. Following London, he flew to Las Vegas where he married his partner Alison Burton, and returned to Melbourne. He died 22 July 1999 of a heroin overdose.
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