Spartan space, Howard Arkley
  • Artist
    Howard Arkley
  • Born
  • Died
  • Title
    Spartan space
  • Date of Production
  • Medium
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Dimensions
    1730 x 1350 mm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest Fund, 2001

Howard Arkley

Spartan space

One of Arkley's pop inspired images painted in vibrant 'day-glo' colours, Spartan space is based on the Schröder House, the work of the architect and furniture designer Gerrit Reitveld who was the first to realise the architectural ideas of de Stijl.

De Stjil or "The Style,"  which was one of Arkley's favourite aesthetic movements, was the name applied to a European movement whose work was characterised by primary colours, flat rectangular areas and straight, horizontal or vertical lines. In creating this work Arkley has not only manipulated the line work and selected primary colours for the reproduction of the Schröder House but has also added one of Reitveld's chairs and a table to the austere interior.