- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Entrance to the garden 2006
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of public gardens with a central pathway surrounding a circular bed of aloe, behind which is a stand of tall trees with a cypress at the right. A small, lone figure walks along the path towards the left.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, burnishing and foul biting on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol; Velin Arches paper.
Image size: 295 x 230 mm
Matrix size: 299 x 231 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All state impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. Edition printed by Rosalind Atkins at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne).
- Summary Edition Information
- Six states. Edition of ten numbered impressions, 2007; edition impressions dated 2006 (this being the year in which all states were completed).
- Australian Print Workshop 2014: Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne), APW George Collie Memorial Award Exhibition: Rick Amor + Noel Counihan, 30 August – 4 October 2014, no. 13.
- Gavin Fry, Rick Amor, Beagle Press, Roseville, NSW, 2008, p. 207, ed. 4/10 (illus.). For an illustration of the earlier painting Pathway into the garden, 2006, see p. 182, and for the charcoal drawing after the etching, Path into the garden, 2007, see p. 183.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: six state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 1-6, all dated 2006 (as Pathway into the garden); AP 2/2, dated 2006 (as Pathway into the garden).
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: AP 1/2, dated 2006 (as Pathway into the garden) (2008.910); ed. 2/10, dated 2006 (as Entrance to the garden) (2008.916).
E.136 is one of a group of similar images, drawn and painted in 2006–07 and all depicting a view oriented in the same direction. The setting for this view, which first appeared in a sketchbook drawing done on site, is the Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne. The small figure is Amor’s partner, the painter Meg Williams.
The etching started off with the title Pathway into the garden, and all state impressions, printed in 2006, are thus inscribed. However, a year after he had finished work on the copper plate, and when the edition for E.136 was being printed, Amor decided to alter the title to Entrance to the garden. Although the edition was printed in 2007, the artist dated all edition impressions to 2006, the year in which the image was conceived and the work on the matrix completed.
E.136 is one of the most tonally nuanced of Amor’s intaglio prints. Here the depiction of nature, the way in which the print was worked through its six states, and the wiping of the plate, all contribute to the evocation of a mood that is both tender and elegiac.
The inadvertent foul biting that appeared in the second state of the print caused speckling in the sky and in the etched lines, an accident that Amor put to good use: the speckling added a tonal element that was elaborated in subsequent states. At the same time, the artist gave attention to the clarifying of details, by, for example, defining individual trees and making clear the direction from which light illuminates the scene. After experimenting with inking and wiping the plate, Amor settled on a uniformly dark edition, selectively wiped and printed with much plate tone.
- Fitzroy Gardens, Gardens, Meg Williams, Trees
Record last updated 16/02/2021