- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Erith and Deal Is., Bass Strait 2014
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of two overlapping rocky headlands, with the suggestion of water between them, and a strip of sea in the foreground.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and drypoint on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Somerset paper; Hahnemühle paper; Velin Arches 250 gsm paper.
Image size: 150 x 200 mm
Matrix size: 150 x 200 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All state impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. Edition printed by Simon White at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne).
- Summary Edition Information
- Three states. Edition of twenty numbered impressions, 2014.
- Art Gallery of South Australia 2016–17: Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Rick Amor: Contemporary Romantic, 2 December 2016 – 30 April 2017 [no catalogue].
- Bridget Macleod, ‘Rick Amor [interview]’, Artist Profile, no. 39, 2017, p. 81, pl. 02 (as Erith and Deal Islands, Bass Strait).
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: four state impressions, numbered 1-1, 2-1, 1-2, 1-3; bon à tirer impression; ed. 19/20.
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide: AP 2/2 (promised gift).
Erith and Deal Islands are the two largest islands of the Kent Group, in Bass Strait, separated from one another by a narrow stretch of sea known as Murray Pass. They are now uninhabited but are accessible by special arrangement. Amor, who stayed on Erith Island during the first fortnight in January 2014, calls it ‘a wild and wonderful place’.
The view depicted here is from the beach at West Cove on Erith Island, looking north-east towards Deal Island. An area of light surrounding the cliffs at the centre of the image indicates the pass between the granite headlands of the two islands (Erith is on the left, Deal on the right). The etching faithfully follows the composition of a watercolour, with adjustments made to accommodate the squarer format of the copper plate. There is also a version of the subject painted in oils (Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston). Amor etched the present work in the latter half of 2014, during his treatment for lung cancer, with which he had been diagnosed in June of that year. The print was made to be sold as a fundraiser for the Australian Print Workshop.
While difficult to access, Erith Island has a significant place in Australian landscape art, as it has been visited by a number of important artists, including, in 1974, Fred Williams and Clifton Pugh, in the company of the historian Ian Turner and the writer and editor Stephen Murray-Smith. Williams’s depictions of the island and its surroundings show the landscape from various perspectives, but always from a distance, whereas in E.175 Amor confronts it dramatically, at close range, with the granite cliffs looming above the sea.
- Bass Strait, Deal Island, Erith Island, Island, Seascape
Record last updated 17/02/2021