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Andrew Southall, 1992

Rick Amor

drypoint on paper (sheet: 38.0 cm x 29.0 cm, image: 20.3 cm x 16.0 cm)

Andrew Southall (b. 1947), artist and writer, met Amor in 1981, and the pair took to painting together on the Peninsula. Southall was self-taught, and the rigorously-trained Amor admired his daring and creative interpretation of whatever he was looking at, intent on his task as he juggled colour, composition and subject at speed. Although they had met at the fashionable Realities gallery in Toorak, they were both dismissive of the pretensions of the art scene, both bearded, and both keen and destructive drinkers. Southall was back and forth between Australia and England in the 1980s, exhibiting at Robin Gibson in Sydney, Realities in Melbourne and Solander Gallery in Canberra, while stumbling through the life of remarkable dissipation chronicled in his book But – A journey into addiction. He stopped drinking decades ago and has since exhibited mostly abstract works at various venues including the Charles Nodrum gallery and Langford 120 in Melbourne.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2005
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2005.18

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Artist and subject

Rick Amor (age 44 in 1992)

Andrew Southall (age 45 in 1992)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Rick Amor (20 portraits)

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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.

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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.