- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Runner (large plate)
1989; reworked 1991 and 1992
- Description of Featured Image
- Surrounded by a stormy sea and against the backdrop of a dark, angry sky, a man is depicted running to the right along a low-lying pier. In the foreground, and framing the scene in a square arch, is another, taller wooden pier, supported by three large posts and by smaller beams.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching, drypoint and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Fabriano paper with watermark: ‘CMF’ with star above, within a circle/oval.
Image size: 200 x 301 mm
Matrix size: 203 x 303 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.9 (1989, 1991, 1992)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge.
- Summary Edition Information
- Ten states. No edition.
- For an illustration of Amor’s mural-sized charcoal drawing of the runner, 1990, see Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, South Yarra (Melbourne), The ACCA Wallpapers: Rick Amor, 2 May – 3 June 1990 [no catalogue]; online installation photographs: https://www.accaonline.org.au/exhibition/acca-wallpapers-rick-amor.
- For an illustration of the woodcut Runner, 1984, see Gary Catalano, The Solitary Watcher: Rick Amor and His Art, Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Victoria, 2001, p. 88.
- For an illustration of the painting Runner, 1988, see Robert Lindsay, Rick Amor: Standing in the Shadows (exh. cat.), McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Victoria, 2005, p. 30.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: ten state impressions, numbered 1 through 10, all dated 1989; two state impressions, numbered 11 and 12, both dated 1991; AP IV, dated 1992.
This drypoint is one of a group of similar images made, or begun, in the 1980s. Among the intaglios, E.013 was preceded by the etching Runner (small plate), 1988 (cat. no. E.004), although there the subject is oriented in the reverse direction and the depiction is purely linear. E.013 is closest in size to the 1984 woodcut Runner, in which the motif of the running man and the sea appeared for the first time in Amor’s art (Catalano 2001). However, while the dimensions of the woodcut and those of this work are roughly comparable, the scale within the two compositions differs; here the figure is smaller, is seen from a greater distance, and appears to be more overwhelmed by the elements.
The drypoint progressed through ten states, with Amor incrementally darkening the tone, and thereby the work’s emotional reverberations. A late catalyst for this development was the emotionally turbulent, mural-sized charcoal image of the runner that Amor made in 1990 as part of an installation for the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), commissioned by ACCA’s then director, Grazia Gunn, for a series of exhibitions titled The ACCA Wallpapers.
The hand-colouring of an artist’s proof of the final state, reproduced here as the Featured Image, corresponds, generally, to the colours in Amor’s 1988 oil painting of the runner subject (Lindsay 2005), although the watercolour wash is transparent and thus less intense.
For further discussion of the theme of the runner in Amor’s art, see Comment in entry for cat. no. E.004.
- Pier, Running man, Sea, Stormy sea
Record last updated 09/02/2021