Now showing until 30 April 2017
I dream about my childhood in the same dark tonality of my paintings. The sky is always lowering into the sea, the beach is deserted and something awful has happened or is about to happen. (Rick Amor, 1992)
Rick Amor’s art resonates with psychological disquiet. Born and raised in Frankston, a seaside suburb in outer Melbourne, Amor trained with John Brack at the National Gallery of Art School. In the mid-1980s he began exploring memories of his childhood in his art. Since then his work has drawn on a range of sources, including his dreams, observations of everyday life and references from literature, film and the history of art. His imagery lends itself to interpretations of universal experiences, in particular, existential questions that arise as a consequence of solitude. The atmosphere is melancholic.
Amor’s recurring motifs include the urban environment, the sea and foreshore, as well as the liminal spaces where these meet. Within them he often depicts solitary figures who appear to be fleeing from an unspecified threat. Amor’s expressive representation of nature is inspired by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century romantic art, and its presence is both threatening and ‘sublime’. Amor’s art suggests that, like human nature, the natural world is a wild, untameable force.
This display draws on the Gallery’s holdings to highlight a significant recent gift of Amor’s
prints by Adelaide collectors Rick and Jan Frolich. These are augmented with rare prints, etching
plates and sketchbooks loaned from the artist’s own collection.