- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Arthurs Creek
1991–92; reworked and retitled 2014
- Subsequent Title(s)
- Description of Featured Image
- A view across rolling farmland with trees, towards a prominent mountain that occupies the upper centre of the plate. The cloudy sky is covered with areas of modulated dark tones, rendered with irregular drypoint cross-hatching. This is an impression from the first edition of this print, the edition printed following the working of the fifth state. In 2014, the print was reworked in a sixth and final state, as Strathewen (see cat. no. E.058.1).
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge. Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Drypoint and foul biting on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Hahnemühle paper with watermark: cockerel within a circle; Arches Moulin du Gué paper; Arches paper; Somerset paper.
Image size: 265 x 320 mm
Matrix size: 267 x 324 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.61 (1991–92), RAE.217 (2014)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- States I through V, and first edition, printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge (Arthurs Creek). State VI printed by Amor in his Alphington studio (Strathewen). Second edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at Kate Herd’s studio, Alphington (Strathewen).
- Summary Edition Information
- Six states. Two editions. First edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 1992 (Arthurs Creek). Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2014 (Strathewen).
- For an illustration of the painting Summer at Strathewen, 1991, see Gavin Fry, Rick Amor, Beagle Press, Roseville, NSW, 2008, p. 36.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: five state impressions, numbered 1 through 5, all dated 1991 (Arthurs Creek); three state impressions, numbered 6 through 8, all dated 1992 (Arthurs Creek); bon à tirer impression, dated 1992 (Arthurs Creek); ed. 4/10, dated 1992 (Arthurs Creek); two state impressions, numbered 1-1, 2-1, dated 2014 (Strathewen); bon à tirer impression, dated 2014 (Strathewen); ed. 2/10, dated 2014 (Strathewen).
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 10/10, dated 1992 (Arthurs Creek) (2007.603).
Arthurs Creek is a township some thirty-five kilometres north-west of Melbourne. Like nearby Strathewen, it is in the vicinity of Kinglake National Park and Mount Sugarloaf, which is depicted in this print. Once a horticultural and grazing settlement, Arthurs Creek is now occupied mostly by small country properties, vineyards and orchards. The view shown in this drypoint is from Arthurs Creek Primary School, Arthurs Creek Road East, looking towards the north-east. The landscape is, however, reversed.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, Amor lived at nearby Cottles Bridge and he occasionally painted and drew the surrounding landscape. The earliest version of the view seen in the present drypoint is a small oil, Arthurs Creek, painted in the spring of 1988 (Art Gallery of Ballarat); however, the most important of the earlier depictions is the painting Summer at Strathewen, 1991, on which the drypoint is based (Fry 2008).
In February 2009, on the day now referred to as Black Saturday, the Arthurs Creek and Strathewen area was devastated by bushfires, in which many lives were lost and whole townships destroyed, among them Strathewen.
In 2012, Amor returned to the area to see how it looked in the aftermath of the fires, and he decided to rework his drypoint Arthurs Creek, made over twenty years earlier. Although the image that is captured in the 2014 version of the drypoint, now retitled Strathewen, dates from five years after the Black Saturday fires, their effects on the vegetation is clearly evoked in the scarring and scuffing of the copper plate, and the stick-like cover of trees burnt bare on the mountain.
The verso of the copper plate used for E.058 was later used for the drypoint Passage, 1993, reworked 1997 (cat. no. E.073).
- Arthurs Creek, Victoria, Bushfire, Landscape, Strathewen, Victoria
Record last updated 15/02/2021