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Gary Catalano, 1994

Rick Amor

pencil and watercolour on yellow paper (sheet: 76.0 cm x 56.5 cm)

Gary Catalano (1947-2002), poet and critic, worked in a variety of jobs before a series of Australia Council grants in the late 1970s enabled him to devote himself full-time to writing. He had started to write poetry in his late teens, and was in his twenties when his first book reviews began to appear in the Bulletin. In 1973 he became art critic for Art and Australia magazine, and later wrote art criticism for the Melbourne Age. As an art and poetry critic he had articles published in France, Britain, Canada and the US. His first book of poetry, Remembering the Rural Life, appeared in 1978. His subsequent critical works include The Years of Hope: Australian Art and Criticism 1959-1968 (1980) and a biography of Rick Amor, The Solitary Watcher: Rick Amor and his Art (2001). In the last decade of his life Catalano turned away from regular art writing to focus on writing poetry, of which he published four volumes between 1991 and 1998, including The Empire of Grass, joint winner of the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 1992. His last volume of poetry was Jigsaw: Poems and Prose Poems (1998).

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

Accession number: 2005.20

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Rick Amor (age 46 in 1994)

Gary Catalano (age 47 in 1994)

Subject professions

Writing

Donated by

Rick Amor (20 portraits)

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