Carnival in Suburbia

Carnival in Suburbia

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When he died suddenly in Melbourne in July 1999, at the age of 48, Australian painter Howard Arkley had just achieved his greatest successes, receiving international critical acclaim for his work at the Venice Biennale and in Los Angeles. Arkley enjoyed pop themes and imagery, like many of his 'postmodern' generation, but he also developed an idiosyncratic individual style, using heavy, air-brushed lines and vivid colour to produce stylised representations of everyday subjects. Carnival in Suburbia covers Arkley's work thematically, beginning with his best-known works of suburban imagery. Subsequent chapters examine his fascination with pattern, colour and line; a full account for the first time of his creative use of source material; and his collaborations with Juan Davila and other contemporaries. Finally, Arkley is identified as a 'carnivalesque' painter, intrigued by death, grotesque body imagery and masks. John Gregory, an art-historian by profession, was Arkley's brother-in-law.113 My thanks to Alison Burton for filling in the background to this episode; the computer drawings are extant in a folder ... Oa#39;Connell), Globe e-journal 3 (1996): alt; globe/issue3agt; (accessed 3 April 2006). ... 118), respond to the image - Freuda#39;s small oil painting Head of a Boy (1954) - but imply that the face the English ... 2002); for myths about artists in general, see Rudolf aamp; Margot Wittkower, Born under Saturn [1963], New York: Norton, 1969, esp. ch.

Title:Carnival in Suburbia
Author:John Gregory
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2006-11-01


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