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Howard Arkley

Melbourne born artist Howard Arkley studied at Prahran College of Advanced Education from 1969 to 1992 where he discovered the airbrush, which he subsequently used in his paintings as he desired smooth surfaces. Between 1980 and 1990 he expanded in inventory of images and icons to include heads, portraits, masks and the colourful, urban and suburban imagery such as Triple-Fronted and Native Tree. Yet during the year before he died he was the focus of a considerable amount of public attention, especially after the National Portrait Gallery commissioned him to paint Nick Cave. His pictures, reproduced in magazine articles and on glossy covers, had become the essence of hip Melbourne style and continue to be very collectible pieces of artwork to this very day.