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Rick Amor

21 Portraits

Previous exhibition
from Friday 28 November 2014 until Sunday 1 March 2015
Professor Peter Doherty
Professor Peter Doherty, 2001 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor

Rick Amor, noblest yet most unaffected of contemporary Australian portraitists, is also a painter of enigmatic, ominous landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes that haunt the viewer like dreams, dimly-recalled. This group of 21 paintings, drawings and prints has been selected to indicate major elements of his work, evoking his professional commissions, his circle in Melbourne, his periods abroad, his stern self-analysis and his brooding visions of the natural and built environment.

Read more in the exhibition essay

9 portraits

1 The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 2 Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 3 David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor. 4 General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 5 Dorothy Porter, 2001-2002 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 6 Manning Clark, 1985 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 7 Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2021. 8 Study for The painter, 1999 by Rick Amor.

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Rick Amor

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

Related information

David Malouf

'The person who is the writer'

Portrait story

Australian author David Malouf discusses the creation of his portrait by artist Rick Amor.

Shane Maloney and Rick Amor

'Big canvas, small head'

Portrait story

Artist Rick Amor and author Shane Maloney relate divergent experiences of the creation of Shane's portrait.

Dorothy Porter
Dorothy Porter
Dorothy Porter
Dorothy Porter

Beautiful bones

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

Sarah Engledow reflects on the shared life and writing of Dorothy Porter and Andrea Goldsmith.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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