scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,040
Howard Arkley was born in Surrey Hills Melbourne Australia in 1951 and died there in Oakleigh Melbourne on 22 July 1999 Arkley was a major presence in the Australian art world and his exhibitions were significant events He first exhibited at Tolarno Galleries Melbourne in 1975 at the age of 24 The suburban landscape had been Arkleys inspiration for more than two decades His idea of the ideal home had become iconic images within Australia and attracted significant overseas attention from collectors and curators He saw that the suburbs were a worthy landscape with more relevance than the bush to most Australians The suburbs are an icon of Australian cultural identity and Arkley took this as his opportunity to create amazing art which reflected a celebration of life in Australian suburbia Howard was influenced by a great range of things throughout his short life Punk musicculture Travel his teachers childrens books his wives art nouveau textures and most importantly suburbia to name but a few Elizabeth Gower his first wife introduced him to womens art movement ie quilting and traditional handicrafts This can be seen in his work the Vortex 1981 As well as the obvious pattern line and shape Printout RedBlue 1980 This work incorporates important early influences on Arkley such as the work of American artists Frank Stella and Agnes Martin through the use of pencil squares This work also brings to mind patterned lino and embroidery This is an important pre-cursor to later works in which Arkley depicted the patterns of flywire screen doors of Australian homes Disco 1981 This artwork shows the influence that early computer games such as Pacman had on Arkley It also reminds me of neon disco floor lights It also shows texture which he was quite interested in at the time
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA