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National Gallery Of Victoria

Howard Arkley

HOWARD ARKLEY, Family Home: Suburban Exterior, 1993, Synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 203 x 257 cm, 

Courtesy the estate of the artist and Kalli Rolfe Contemporary Art.

The spread of suburbia into the countryside after the housing shortage of World War II was an unmistakable fact of life in Australia as people sought more space. But the effects of 1950s conformity fermented in the psyche of everyone who inhabited those endless stretches of fibro, Laminex and cement boxes. Beyond the work of painter John Brack (1920-1999) and…

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