- Catalogue Number
- Title and Date
- The ship 2003
- Description of Featured Image
- The prow of a huge container ship towers over an enclosed derelict site, blocked in the centre by a wall with four arches.
- Where Made
- Alphington, Melbourne
- Medium Category and Technique
- Intaglio Print: Etching and burnishing on copper
- Wove paper. Identified papers: Hahnemühle paper with watermark: ‘HAHNEMÜHLE’; Velin Arches paper.
Image size: 299 x 378 mm
Matrix size: 301 x 379 mm
- Artist’s Record Number
- Printer(s) and Workshop(s)
- All state impressions printed by Rick Amor in his Alphington studio. First and second editions printed by Martin King at the Australian Print Workshop, Fitzroy (Melbourne).
- Summary Edition Information
- One state. Two editions. First edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2003 (‘light’ edition). Second edition: edition of ten numbered impressions, 2003 (‘dark’ edition).
- Niagara Galleries 2004: Niagara Galleries, Richmond (Melbourne), Rick Amor, 31 August – 25 September 2004, no. 6 (‘dark’ edition).
- 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. 9.
- University of Melbourne 2014: Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Parkville (Melbourne), The Piranesi Effect, 20 February – 25 May 2014, no. 40.
- Gavin Fry, Rick Amor, Beagle Press, Roseville, NSW, 2008, p. 146, ed. 9/10 (‘light’ edition illus.). For an illustration of the watercolour Study for ‘The ship’, 2003, see also p. 146; for an illustration of the painting The ship, 2006, see p. 170.
- State Library of Victoria, Melbourne: three state impressions, numbered 1-1 through 3-1; bon à tirer impression; AP, AP 1/1.
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide: ed. 2/10 (first (‘light’) edition) (20155G149).
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne: AP 1/1 (first (‘light’) edition) (2012.418).
The composition in this etching is based on that in the watercolour Study for ‘The ship’, dated 19 May 2003 (Fry 2008), and is oriented in the same direction. The view depicted is clearly a composite, incorporating several distinct elements: the wasteland in the foreground; the ruined or unfinished building with its series of arches (echoes of a Roman aqueduct); and the ship, its prow pressed improbably close to the architecture. The print disconcerts, with its play on size and scale and its knowing reference to antiquity.
Unusually for Amor, this work exists in just one state, although the edition exists in two distinct versions: one cleanly wiped and light, the other uniformly darkened with plate tone. The numerous variant impressions of the only state serve to document the process of experimentation that led Amor to the decision to edition the plate in two different ways.
A later version of the subject was painted in 2006 (Fry 2008).
Record last updated 16/02/2021