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Howard Arkley was an Australian painter renown for his brightly colored paintings of suburban life down under. Howard Arkley was born in Melbourne, Australia in the year 1951.

Arkley was one of the most successful artists in history whose main body of work was created using the airbrush.

One artist whose work inspired Howard Arkley was the great Australian painter John Brack.

In this clip a wonderful interview with Howard Arkley:

In creating his work the artist often used stencils made of ordinary household items including laundry baskets and fly screens.

One of the first series to receive attention from the critics was based on gates the artist saw in his neighborhood. He enjoyed creating art with using the patterns and colors of the gates.

Arkley’s work is part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. Below we view this image of Nick Cave, a famous musician from Australia:

 

Howard Arkley died from a heroin overdose in 1999. He was 49 years of age.

Price range information: Works range from $25,000 to $500,000. The artist usually worked with polymer paints, but also used acrylics and gouache.

Howard Arkley showed a very modernist style in his paintings that reminds this viewer of the great Roy Lichtenstein. The way both artists recreated images of everyday objects like chairs or even landscapes where normal flat and boring things like carpets are given interesting geometric shapes and patterns are very interesting to look at.

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