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Howard Arkley - Audio guide

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Howard Arkley - Audio guide
Jun 18, 2010 Howard Arkley, 20th century Australian painter
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Ashley Crawford and Ray Edgar consider Arkley’s work Primitive which demonstrates Arkley’s extraordinary skill as a draftsman as well as his penchant for masking tape.
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Jun 18, 2010 Howard Arkley, 20th century Australian painter
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Ray Edgar and Chris McAuliffe shed some light on Arkley’s Musak Mural, a series of repetitive, brightly coloured paintings incorporating disco dots, strange chairs and linoleum.
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John Gregory and Ray Edgar discuss Arkley’s work The Proton Neutron, a highly patterned abstract work that fuses high art sources and the everyday in a complex, original way.
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Arkley is well known for his abstract works but he was also interested in figurative imagery. John Gregory and Ray Edgar explore this aspect of his work in Tattooed head.
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Ray Edgar and John Gregory regard Suburban Interior as an example of the beginnings of Arkley’s suburban theme which he was so famous for in later years.
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Ray Edgar and Chris McAuliffe ponder the source of inspiration for Arkley’s work Suicide, an image that can be read in several ways.
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Andy McDonald sheds some light on Arkley’s work Superb and Solid.
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John Gregory discusses Zappo Head, a recurrent image in Arkley’s work and often understood to be a self-portrait.
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Curator Jason Smith offers an overview of the Howard Arkley exhibition and the artist’s work.
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John Gregory and Ray Edgar discuss Arkley’s work Vortex which plays with decorative forms reminiscent of fabric patterns and optical patterning in a game of high and low culture.
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Ashley Crawford suggests that the anarchy in Primitive is what gives the work its life and energy but the control in Fabricated Rooms proves Arkley has become a master artist.
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Chris McAuliffe uses Frank Stella’s work as a starting point to discuss The Cacti Succulents which challenges expectations about the boundary between cool abstraction and lurid decoration.
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Ray Edgar and Ashley Crawford wonder whether Arkley's painting Shadow Factories, inspired by a Peter Carey story, is a celebration or condemnation of its subject.
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John Gregory, Ray Edgar and Chris McAuliffe discuss Arkley’s interest in abstraction and the everyday as well as his experimentation with the air brush as seen in the work Inventory.
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When most people think of Arkley’s suburbs, this painting is it. Ray Edgar and John Gregory discuss Suburban Exterior, and delve into the work’s darker undercurrents.
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Ray Edgar and Ashley Crawford sing the praises of this portrait which conjures so many sides of the singer Nick Cave.
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The suburbs are Arkley’s master stroke. Ray Edgar and Chris McAuliffe consider Indoors/Outdoors where patterns normally associated with suburban interiors get an airing outside.
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Realising he had struck upon creative gold with Primitive, Arkley set about making it again, says Ray Edgar, this time realising the work in gold as well as a companion piece in silver.
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John Gregory talks about Arkley’s interest in pattern making and his manipulation of space and depth to create playful optical illusions.
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Curator Jason Smith and artist Kathy Temin deconstruct Arkley’s work Deluxe Setting, examining the formal aspects of the work and feelings it evokes in the viewer.