- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Self portrait
1991–92; reworked 1993
- Description of Featured Image
- Amor portrays himself seated, with legs crossed, looking intently at a mirror in front of him as he draws his self image on an etching plate. Behind him is an easel, seen from the rear; a guitar hangs at the left. On a table in front of Amor, at the lower left, is an artist’s palette, circular in form, and at the lower right is a square palette.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Hahnemühle paper with watermark: cockerel within a circle; Arches paper with watermark: ‘ARCHES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol.
Image size: 297 x 148 mm
Matrix size: 299 x 151 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge.
- Summary Edition Information
- Six states. No edition.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: four state impressions, numbered 1, 3, 4, 5, all dated 1991; four state impressions, all numbered 2, all dated 1991; two state impressions, numbered 3 and 4, both dated 1992; AP I, dated 1993.
This self portrait was drawn in front of a mirror, directly onto the copper plate. Amor began E.057 in the last days of 1991 and continued working on it in the early part of 1992. He then set the plate aside, returning to it in February 1993, when he made a sixth and final state, but he did not print an edition.
Amor refers to the artist’s palette at left as a ‘Max Meldrum palette’, after the Australian tonalist painter, teacher and theoretician Max Meldrum (1875–1955), who believed that the representation of the appearance of things could be achieved with scientific accuracy only through carefully observed tonal painting.
The guitar hanging in the left background is Amor’s. The artist learned the instrument in his youth, when he played in various jazz bands. He continues to play occasionally, and in 2009 provided the guitar accompaniment for a track on the Gutbucket Jug Band’s CD Singing Syrup Sinfonia (track 13: ‘Sitting on Top of the World’).
Record last updated 23/10/2017