Welcome to Arkley Works, a new type of publication that combines the virtues of a traditional ‘catalogue raisonné’ or ‘oeuvre catalogue’ (a fully researched accounting of an artist’s works, long regarded as a corner-stone of the art-historical enterprise), with the accessibility and contextual insight afforded by contemporary technology.
Only works with a verifiable history (“provenance”) predating Howard Arkley’s death in July 1999 are included in this catalogue of his oeuvre.
Now, over a decade on, it seems timely to attempt a cooler summary of his artistic achievement, in a contemporary medium he must surely have found attractive, had he lived to see it.
The site is designed to be navigated easily, with key information accessible through the individual year entries available via the drop-down menus under the heading ‘Explore the Catalogue’ in the top margin.
The confidentiality of any information communicated to Arkley Works is assured, and the final decision about inclusion of any work rests with the author (after consultation with the Arkley Estate).
Dates without brackets are documented directly (dated by the artist); dates in brackets are provided through other sources (e.g.
Appropriate evidence includes dated exhibition catalogues, photographs or reproductions, or purchase receipts, where this evidence is verifiable and helps to locate the work within Arkley’s oeuvre.
“Evidence” generally not regarded as sufficient includes vague, undocumented claims (e.g.
Generally, works are listed under a single title – usually the inscribed title, if there is a record of one.
Alternate titles are noted in individual entries, and in the A-Z Index.