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Rick Amor

b. 1948

Rick Amor (b. 1948) is a Victorian-based painter, printmaker and sculptor. After studying in Melbourne and winning many prizes and grants, from 1975 to 1983 he produced a series of cartoons attacking the Fraser government, receiving valuable support from union members during a period of severe financial difficulty. After 1983 he began to paint more personal and emotionally charged works, often incorporating a haunting 'solitary watcher'. Some of his paintings of suburban and inner Melbourne now number amongst the defining images of the city. During the 1990s Amor was awarded several art residencies and worked in Barcelona, New York and London. In 1999, as Australia's first official war artist since Vietnam, he travelled to East Timor to document the devastated land and the reconstruction efforts of peacekeepers. The resulting works are in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. Amor is a highly regarded portrait painter and a regular exhibitor in the Archibald Prize. He is represented in most major Australian galleries. The National Portrait Gallery has paintings by Amor of Peter Doherty, Shane Maloney, David Malouf and Peter Cosgrove as well as some of the artist's many self portraits, and holds a number of his prints and drawings.

Updated 2018