Icon Head - Howard Arkley

January 25, 2019

Howard Arkley

Icon Head

76.0 × 56.0 cm

Synthetic polymer paint on paper

Signature: signed, dated and titled on verso: ‘Cat 113 / “The Icon Head” / 1997 / Acrylic on paper / Howard Arkley’ [these details acc.to Menzies 9/12] Provenance: Private Collection Queensland, acquired c.1998 (ID photo and documentation forwarded by the previous owners to the Arkley Estate, September 2011), Private collection Melbourne. Additional notes: This work is a close variant of both Self Portrait (1996) [W/P] and Untitled [‘Head’] (1996?) [W/P], all three of them derived from a Byzantine icon image first adapted by Arkley in 1984: see Untitled [Icon #2] 1984 [W/P] and Pittoresque (1984) [W/P] (see also Black and White Icon (1995) [W/P]). Arkley used a different Byzantine source for his powerful Icon Head (1990) and its several variants (listed in the entry on that work). For the idea of some or all of these works as imaginary portraits of Arkley himself, see the discussion under both Icon Head (1990) and Self Portrait (1996) [W/P]. http://arkleyworks.com/blog/2012/05/18/the-icon-head-1997-wp/