THE PILLAR, 1992/93/98

Part 1: Important Fine Art
28 November 2012


born 1948
THE PILLAR, 1992/93/98

oil on canvas

96.5 x 96.5 cm

signed and dated lower right: RICK AMOR 92-98
dated and titled verso: THE PILLAR / JAN 92 / June 93 / MAY 98

$30,000 - 40,000
Sold for $24,000 (inc. BP) in Auction 27 - 28 November 2012, Melbourne

Niagara Galleries, Melbourne (label attached verso)
Private collection, Queensland

Catalogue text

'The paintings of Rick Amor often remind me of the Theatre of the Absurd. I wonder if he has read Pinter, Ionesco, Beckett - particularly Pinter? Maybe, maybe not, but I look at some of his paintings and to me they seem like stage sets where, although the subject depicted is realistic, at the same time it departs from reality; the place, time, identity become fluid, ambiguous, dreamlike, nightmare-like. Just as Pinter's plays are often characterised by feelings of menace evoked by what on the surface appears to be a trivial situation, so do Amor's paintings provoke feelings of unease. As in the Theatre of the Absurd, objects within a painting may at first seem randomly chosen for no apparent reason. However, these objects are thrown together with other elements, often a stormy backdrop, a windswept hill or an angry sky, presenting an underlying structure and meaning. The result is a painting which is redolent with haunting menace.'1

1. Michelle McDonald, letter to the author, June 2007, quoted in Fry, G., Rick Amor, Beagle Press, Melbourne, 2008, p. 99