Howard Arkley

Best known for his visions of Australian suburbia, artist Howard Arkley created abstractions of typical houses and interiors, often toying with the two- and three-dimensional. The bold lines and bright colours he used created skewed views of the home, and constructed images question the line between usefulness and decoration, and the aspirations of the suburban dream.

Over his three decade long career, the Australian artist Howard Arkley (1951-1999) produced paintings, sculptures, and installations using a range of techniques from airbrushing to more conventional tools. Inspired by punk music, the club scene in the 70s and 80s, fashion, feminism and masculinity, and this vast range of potent influences are detectable in his striking body of work. His final major pieces were displayed at the Venice Biennale in 1999 and if his work is your thing, other artists you might like include: Roy Lichtenstein, Jeffrey Smart and Richard Larter.