- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- Self portrait
1989; reworked 1991
- Description of Featured Image
- A self portrait from the neck up. The artist is bald, has a beard and moustache, and wears a T-shirt. The background is scored with broad, irregular drypoint hatching.
- Where Made
- Dunmoochin, Cottles Bridge
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Drypoint and etching on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: BFK Rives paper with watermark: ‘BFK RIVES / FRANCE’ with infinity symbol; Fabriano paper with watermark: ‘CMF’ with star above, within a circle/oval.
Image size: 301 x 200 mm
Matrix size: 303 x 202 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- RAE.5 (1989), RAE.34 (1991)
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Dunmoochin studio, Cottles Bridge.
- Summary Edition Information
- Seven states. No edition.
- Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria 1993–94: Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts, Victorian and Tasmanian tour, 1993–94, no. 33.
- Gary Catalano, Rick Amor & the Graphic Arts (exh. cat.), Niagara Galleries & NETS Victoria, Melbourne, 1993, cat. no. 33, p. 34 (where it is incorrectly stated that the etching was printed in an edition of ten impressions), illus. p. 25 (the illustrated impression appears to be the seventh and final state).
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: five state impressions, numbered 1 through 5, all dated 1989; two state impressions, numbered 1 and 2, both dated 1991.
This, Rick Amor’s first intaglio self portrait, was drawn directly onto the copper plate, in front of a mirror. Among Amor’s prints, E.009 was preceded by seven relief-printed self portraits, the earliest of them being a linocut made in 1983.
After taking the present print through four states in 1989, Amor left it unfinished, returning to it two years later, in 1991, to rectify the imbalance between the right and left halves of the face.
When asked why he did not edition this drypoint, Amor commented that, having made a print, it is often satisfying enough for him to produce just a few impressions, rather than go through the procedures and formalities of printing an entire edition, however small.
Amor inscribed the seventh and final state of E.009 (1991) with the letters ‘SP’, a designation he had first used in titling his intaglio self portraits in 1990 (see cat. nos E.016, E.017 and E.018).
- Self portrait
Record last updated 09/02/2021