- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Self portrait, etching
1993; reworked 1995
- Description of Featured Image
- The artist sits facing forward, with one knee crossed over the other. He holds a copper plate on his lap and he draws on the plate with an etching needle. Behind him is the top part of a roughly sketched easel.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge. Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Drypoint, roulette, soft-ground etching and etching on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Off-white Arches paper with watermark: ‘ARCHES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol; white Hahnemühle paper with watermark: cockerel within a circle; white and buff BFK Rives papers with watermarks: ‘BFK RIVES / Arches’ with infinity symbol.
Image size: 412 x 266 mm
Matrix size: 419 x 285 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.70 (1993), RAE.99 (1995), RAE.101 (1995)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor. States I through III printed by Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge. States IV through VI, and first and second editions, printed in the Alphington studio.
- Summary Edition Information
- Six states. Two editions. First edition: edition of three numbered impressions, 1995. Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 1995.
- Niagara Galleries at IWOP 1997: Niagara Galleries at the International Works on Paper Fair, Mitchell Galleries, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 17–20 July 1997, as Self Portrait I, 1995, edition of 10.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: four state impressions, numbered 1 through 4, all dated 1993; bon à tirer impression, dated 1993; AP II, dated 1993; six state impressions, numbered 1 through 6, all dated 1995; two bon à tirer impressions, both dated 1995; AP II, dated 1995; ed. 2/3, dated 1995.
- British Museum, London: ed. 6/10, dated 1995 (2006,0730.29).
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: unique impression, numbered 1/1, dated 1993, sheet trimmed to 326 x 260 mm (2007.677); unique impression, dated 1995, sheet trimmed to 190 x 236 mm (2007.678); ed. 1/3, dated 1995 (2007.680); ed. 10/10, dated 1995 (2007.681).
The self portrait in E.075 was etched in front of a long mirror, in 1993, with Amor drawing directly onto the copper plate.
In 1994, Amor moved from Cottles Bridge to Alphington, in suburban Melbourne, and soon afterwards he decided to return to this print (prompted by a comment made by his partner, Meg Williams, who thought that the 1993 portrait did not look sufficiently like him). In 1995, reconsidering his own likeness, the artist produced a new rendering of E.075. He also added an easel to the background in the print, thus presenting himself as the traditional painter-etcher.
This is one of the most experimental of Amor’s intaglio prints. Not only did he print many variant impressions, on a variety of papers, but he also created two unique versions of his image (III.e and VI.b), by cutting down the sheets on which two of the impressions were printed.
- Self portrait
Record last updated 10/09/2017