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Rick Amor

21 Portraits

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

1The crime writer Shane Maloney, 2004 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 2Self portrait, 2005 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 3David Malouf, 2012 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor. 4General Cosgrove, Dili, East Timor 1999, 2006 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 5Dorothy Porter, 2001-02 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 6Manning Clark, 1985 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 7Paul Boston, 1995 Rick Amor. © Rick Amor/Copyright Agency, 2020. 8Study for The painter, 1999 by Rick Amor.

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Rick Amor

Dr Sarah Engledow (curator)

Related information

David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds
David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds
David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds
David Malouf video: 4 minutes and 11 seconds

David Malouf

'The person who is the writer'

Portrait story

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

Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes
Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes
Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes
Interview with Rick Amor and Shane Maloney video: 8 minutes

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, 2001-02 Rick Amor
Dorothy Porter, 2001-02 Rick Amor
Dorothy Porter, 2001-02 Rick Amor
Dorothy Porter, 2001-02 Rick Amor

Beautiful bones

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2011

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

Rick Amor in the mirror, 2008
Rick Amor in the mirror, 2008
Rick Amor in the mirror, 2008
Rick Amor in the mirror, 2008

Times like these

Magazine article by Gavin Fry, 2010

Gavin Fry examines the art and career of the Australian painter Rick Amor.

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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.