- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Out to sea 1991
- Description of Featured Image
- A view of the mouth of a river, with three mooring poles at left and others in the far distance. In the right foreground is a small motorized boat with a canopy over the prow and with a man seated at the stern, steering his craft out to sea.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, drypoint and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Cream BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol. Other papers mentioned in notes on this work in Amor’s intaglio record books: cream Stonehenge paper.
Image size: 147 x 196 mm
Matrix size: 150 x 198 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. Nominal edition of twenty, but only ten impressions printed and numbered, 1991.
- Niagara Galleries 1991: Niagara Galleries, Richmond (Melbourne), Rick Amor, 10–27 April 1991, no. 19.
- Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria 1993–94: Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts, Victorian and Tasmanian tour, 1993–94, no. 44.
- 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, no. 22f.
- For an illustration of the pencil drawing Study for ‘Out to sea’, 1996, see Niagara Galleries, Rick Amor Drawings (exh. cat.), Niagara Galleries, Richmond, Victoria, 1997, unpaginated.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: eight state impressions, numbered 1 through 8; bon à tirer impression; ed. 8/20.
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide: AP III (20155G139).
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra: ed. 7/10, on cream wove paper (2007.655).
The setting in this etching is the mouth of Kananook Creek, where it enters Port Phillip Bay at Frankston. The subject of the print has been etched from memory, which may explain the primordial atmosphere of the scene. Motorized dinghies were common during Amor’s childhood, but the one depicted here, with its hooded boatman, inevitably calls to mind the vessel in which the mythical figure of Charon ferried the dead to the underworld, across the river Styx.
In the early 1990s, Amor made a number of works that present variations on this subject, including two woodcuts that are close variants of the composition seen in E.036, and a slightly later etching, The boat, 1991 (cat. no. E.056), which depicts the boatman on his return from the sea. A pencil drawing from 1996 continues the theme, but its rendering relies more on observation than it does on the transformations of memory (Niagara Galleries 1997).
- Boat, Frankston, Kananook Creek, Sea
Record last updated 15/02/2021