Study for the dry season, Rick Amor
  • Artist
    Rick Amor
  • Born
    1948
  • Title
    Study for the dry season
  • Date of Production
    2003
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    150 x 190 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest Fund, 2005

Rick Amor

Study for the dry season

Rick Amor spent most of his childhood in Frankston, which in the 1950's was still a semi rural community. The sky, sea and wind-shaped trees of this place of his earliest memories continues to be a profound influence on his painting. Amor showed prodigious artistic talent from early childhood, and went on to study painting and drawing formally - first at the Caulfield Institute of Technology and later at the National Gallery of Victoria School under John Brack.

In this work Amor has blended landscapes or buildings from various sources into a new reality. The mound on which the ruined building rests derives from a pile of concrete rubble that the artist noticed in a recycling depot in Port Melbourne. The ruin itself incorporates part of the façade of the Battersea Power Station in London. The flat ground strewn with rubble was inspired by a similar landscape in a work by the 20th century English mystic painter Cecil Collins. Amor has added a solitary human figure, just visible in the gloom of the foreground, seemingly lost in the vastness of this collapsed world.

With its title derived from the final line in TS Elliott's poem "Gerontion" in which the musings of the poet in old age are referred to as the "Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season", Amor's Study for the Dry Season is a visual elegy on the frailty of all human endeavour.