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Paul Boston, 1995

Rick Amor

oil on canvas (frame: 100.0 cm x 59.5 cm, support: 96.5 cm x 56.0 cm)

Paul Boston (b. 1952), an abstract artist, graduated from art school in Melbourne in 1972. In the 1970s he travelled broadly through South East Asia and developed a commitment to Zen philosophy that has nourished his art ever since. It is sometimes observed that Boston’s works ‘never stop moving, folding and unfolding’; requiring time and attention, they encourage and reward contemplation. The recipient of the McCaughey Prize in 1991, since 1993 Boston has exhibited at Niagara Galleries. His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Rick Amor and Meg Williams
Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program 2015

Accession number: 2015.31

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Rick Amor (age 47 in 1995)

Paul Boston (age 43 in 1995)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Rick Amor (20 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

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.