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Howard Arkley

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Sara Griffin

on 21 September 2012

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Transcript of Howard Arkley

Born 1951; Melbourne, Australia.

Died 1999; Melbourne, Australia.

Nationality; Australian.

Field; Airbrush canvas, paper and bold colours.

Training; Prahran College of Advanced Education.

Influenced; Patrick Caulfield, Sidney Nolan. Howard Arkley Howard Arkley (1951–1999) was an Australian artist, born in Melbourne.
Known for his airbrushed paintings of houses, architecture and suburbia.
His mothers side of the family was Jewish and his father was German. He had his first exhibition, aged 24, at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, in 1975.

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 exhibition called Fabricated Rooms with a 15 meter multipaneled series, was on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales between 1997 and 1999.

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

Arkley opened his final exhibition at the 1999 Venice Biennale. Upon walking home, he noticed the pattern of his front gate.
Arkley's inspiration was taken from the patterns, colours and forms,
found in Australian suburbia.
Strong visual effects such as colour, bold forms and brash designs
derived from advertising were also evident in his works. Inspirations Patrick Caulfield, Sidney Nolan.

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. Influences Following London, Howard flew to LA where he married his longtime partner Alison Burton, and returned to Melbourne. Which is where Howard died on 22nd July in 1999 of a heroin overdose. Death Howard opened his final exhibition at the 1999 Venice Biennale, before traveling to London to plan an album cover for Nick Cave. Nick is a singer,
songwriter and author; born in Warracknabeal, Victoria. His is a member of the band formally known as "The boys next door" but later on changed their name to "The Birthday Party" where they then moved to London. Album Cover This painting was made by Howard for Nick, Nick Cave was and influential Australian musician which Howard followed since the late 1970's.
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