Rick Amor: Paintings, drawings and watercolours 2018 - Art Collector

Rick Amor, ‘Listening’, 2017. Oil on canvas, 100 x 61cm. Courtesy: The artist and Niagara Galleries, Richmond.

An excerpt from the current issue of ‘Art Collector’, written by Sasha Grishin: Melbourne-based figurative artist Rick Amor has, over the past five decades, produced an extensive and consistent body of work, much of which is beautifully crafted, psychologically incisive, but has generally remained under the radar of the glitzy art world. In the past couple of decades, he has moved out of the category of the “artist’s artist” and gained national prominence with sell-out commercial exhibitions and critically acclaimed retrospectives.

Perhaps the single most characteristic feature of Amor’s work is the sense of brooding introspection. Although there is tension and angst, it does not find expression through explosive energy, as was the case with a number of artists like Arthur Boyd, John Perceval or Albert Tucker. Instead, it seems to be subdued; observed from the outside in. Slowly but surely, we find ourselves immersed in Amor’s deeply complex world, where uncertainty prevails as to who is actually watching whom. It’s this enduring presence that prevails in both his art and his career; and has in turn placed him firmly within the canon of Australian contemporary art.

Exhibition opens: 6–8pmTuesday 28 August 2018
Exhibition closes: 22 September 2018
Location: Niagara Galleries, 245 Punt Rd, Richmond VIC
Website: niagaragalleries.com.au
Phone: +61 3 9429 3666
Email: mail@niagaragalleries.com.au


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