Art, Influencing Me, Photography

Influencing Me – Rick Amor

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Today, I thought I might start something new. Normally I would do a tutorial on this day, but I have decided to change some things, so today I am going to do a post on one of my favourite artists, why I like them and how they have influenced my art practice.

To start this new series of posts off, I thought I would introduce you to Rick Amor.  Rick is a Melbourne artist and I have loved his work for several years.  I even read a book about him, not something I have done a lot of.  I do read a lot, but I find a lot of books about artists very heavy and hard to read.

He does quite a few self portraits, and this is one of them.  His paintings have a very realistic feel about them, but they also have a very textural element.  I am not very good at descriptive stuff, so please forgive me if I don’t go on and on.

The reason I like his work is that realistic element, but it is a reality that you won’t find in Melbourne, or anywhere really.

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

In the book, I read about how he will take photos of places and when he gets into his studio he will do a painting that is a combination of several of those images.  You look at the work and you know that he has combined several things together.  I really like how he makes that work.  It is something I wanted to do in paintings and drawings, but I didn’t have the patience.

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

Here is the idea of the ocean taking over, or the world disappearing.  I am not going to pretend that I know what he was trying to say.  However, these images really do appeal to me, the quietness of them, the way everything so much bigger than we humans.  He nearly always puts people in his paintings.  I try not to.  I love how the images appear to be abandoned, which, if you know me, you will know that that is something I really like.

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

Image Courtesy of Niagara Galleries

This, I believe,  and I could be wrong, is the bridge that the trains travel on between Flinders Street Station and Southern Cross Station.  There used to be a bridge over the road down the Spencer Street end of Flinders street, and he has painted it here, but I can tell you that the scene does not look anything like this or ever did.  He has changed reality to suit what he wanted.

Rick Amor is represented by Niagara Gallery here in Melbourne and seems to have a major show every second year, with a smaller show every other year.  I try and get to as many of his shows as I can.  If you go the website of Niagara Gallery you can see a lot of his paintings from over the last 10 years, well worth a look.

As I said, I think of him as an artist that has been a great influence in my own journey as an artist.  He is one of many, but he is a major one.  So I thought I would have a go at doing an image today that is similar to what he does.  Sitting On the Beach

This is an image I took at Montsalvat, I have placed it on the beach and put a sunrise behind it.  I don’t think it is necessarily great, but I love the idea of it, and this is a direction I want to go in more this year.  I want to plan my images more and do better images like this.

Because of Rick I realised that it was possible to create my own realities, I just needed to learn how.  I think I am beginning to get those skills now.


  1. You blog is enjoyable to read where I’m learning about the painter’s experience. You and those you write about have skills I wish to have. Thanks again for visiting my blog, I hope to see you again.

  2. Suzanne says

    I really like the way you have written about the way a painter can influence photography. Interesting ideas you’ve expressed here. The Montsalvat at the beach is really surreal.

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  4. Hi Leanne. This is a very thought provoking post. I love the images, both Riks and your own. There is something about making your own reality which is very appealing. Thanks for sharing.

  5. tripodtrippin says

    Thank you for the very interesting post, Leanne. You have encouraged me to be more creative and your own image at the bottom is excellent. Anne. :-)

  6. Good luck … with you new steps. Good on you. Intresting art, but a bit too bold for my taste – not at all talking to me, but Your photo is screaming at me. Have to visit you new world now.

  7. Your commentary is very original and refreshing; I love this idea of making reality into whatever you want and I love your photo. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Very nice! Thanks for introducing us to Rick Amor. I will search for more of his work. I like the idea of blending or altering a scene to make it both familiar and unfamiliar.

  9. Hey there Leanne. I think this is an interesting new approach to your blog and to your work. Investigating what makes you and your thought processes ‘tick’ will have much appeal for your readers. It’ll perhaps force them to think about what motivates their own creativity as photographers. This is good. Photography isn’t just about cameras, lenses, and post-processing – it’s also a process that begins with thoughts and inspiration. Showing others at least one source for your own inspiration will be instructive. I have always appreciated ‘realism’ in paintings – can’t get into impressionism much. And I do like Amor’s stuff. I thought of you the other day when my wife sent along this link ( it’s about the legal rights of photographers here in the US (I assume). It adds nicely to what you had to say the other day. I’ll need to get back to your Zoological images later today … liked many of them. Also … can I assume that I’ll be seeing ALL your stuff if I link in to your new blog site? I don’t want to miss anything! D

  10. Really like Rick’s work – very interesting! I’ll explore more. Also, like your take on the combination idea very much – tempted to have a go myself. :)

  11. This is very inspirational! I may have to try my hand at a couple of these as well. Reality to suit us……that’s an interesting vantage point for an artist. Thanks!

  12. I absolutely adore your photo at the end! Seriously, I think it is perfect. It has warmth, mystique, and rich character.

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  13. Wow, Leanne, what a cool post. Thank you for sharing one of your artist inspirations with us (great idea, now I wish I’d thought of the same thing!), and some of his work, too. I like what you done, actually. It’s a lovely juxtaposition that takes the mind beyond reality—to what could be or what we might want.

    It will be fun to see this series continue if you are thinking of keeping up with it! Please do!

  14. I started following you on your new blog yesterday :) This shot you took is incredible Leanne! What a great person to look up to for inspiration! The way you took it is so different and I think you are going to start blowing our minds with what you’re going to come up with :) You are already so unique with your photography, I can only imagine what amazing photos you’ll start developing :) So excited for you!

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  16. its good to get ideas from other artists… especially those from outside your own field because they open up new ideas. The direction of photomontaging is great, and there are lots of great examples of it (as you would know). I also love Rick Amor’s work :-)

  17. Leanne, this was so interesting to read. To learn about Rick Amor. To hear your thoughts, and to understand his influence on your work, and the parallels. Most of all for you to create something from that influence. I really like the image and the concept of merging and making realities… like magic :)

  18. I happen to love your image. I like the way the bricks in the foreground bring your eye into the frame, and the shadow does not detract, but instead obscures unnecessary clutter. In fact it makes the window, with its reflection a focal point. It has balance, warm color, and gorgeous texture. Very nice.

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