Spray: the Work of Howard Arkley

 “If ‘academic’ means impenetrable, laboriously written text, the academic, Spray is not. But it does document, logically, Arkley’s artistic and personal development… With its lush illustrations and comprehensive documentation, this edition ensures that it will remain the definitive reference on Arkley’s work.”

– Susan McCulloch-Uehlin, Australian Book Review, April, 2002


Howard Arkley has made his mark in contemporary Australian art as the foremost painter of suburbia. His distinctive airbrush style, developed over 20 years of experimentation, fuels a mission to reinvigorate the true Australian landscapes.” “This monograph explores his influences and the milieu which nurtured and inspired him – from punk music and feminism to the exuberant art-scene of the ’80s. Spray examines Arkley’s work from its early development through abstraction, the gradual move into figurative iconography, the breakthrough into figuration, and his eventual focus on house paintings in the late ’80s.

Format Hardback | 156 pages
Dimensions 254 x 286mm
Publication date 01 Aug 1997
Publisher Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd
Publication City/Country Fisherman’s Bend, VIC, Australia
Language English
Illustrations note 60 colour plates, 40 b&w illustrations
ISBN10 9766410283
ISBN13 9789766410285