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Celebrating 30 years of Rick Amor at Niagara Gallery

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That isn’t the exact title, I think it is more Rick Amor – Celebrating 30 years of Exhibiting with Niagara Gallery.  I couldn’t miss this show, in fact I try to never miss exhibitions Rick’s work.  So I was really happy when I received a comment reminding me of the exhibition, that it finishes soon, from someone who works at the gallery, so thank you for the reminder.  

The exhibition is work done in the last couple of years and gives you a great insight into his work.  

While I was viewing the exhibition I asked if I could show a couple of images of the paintings here on my blog and was given permission to do so.  

15627There are many buildings in his images and I find the presence of people in them quite wonderful, the way the people just allow you that hint of scale, though if they weren’t in the above image I don’t think it would detract from it at all.  

15632I just don’t think this image would have worked without that man working on the side, it really gives you the idea of how big this actually is.  I think you see it the structure in the image but don’t get much idea of scale, and then you see the man, then it suddenly seems monumental.  I love it.  

15647The beach has been a favourite subject matter for Rick for as long as I have been following his work.  I love the way he depicts it.  The way there often seems to be a storm brewing.  I have to say the concrete bunkers look like ones that are at Point Lonsdale.  

The exhibition is on until the 7 September, so if you are in Melbourne you should go and take a look at one of my favourite artists and one that has been a huge influence on my work.  Niagara Galleries are on Punt Road, very easy to find, look for the red and white building that has “Art Does Matter” written on the side.  If you want to buy one, something I dream of doing one day, then you better be quick, there are red stickers on nearly all of them.  

If you would like to see a lot of Rick Amor’s work, then you should also visit his website, www.rickamor.com.au.

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  1. A short walk down Punt Road (from where I live in Sth Yarra) – might see if I can get time to visit.

    August 27, 2013
    • No excuse then, haha, I hope you can find the time. What a great place to live, so handy.

      August 27, 2013
  2. Like all three though the buildings are my favourites, especially the first picture. The lines and shapes, the almost monochromatic effect and the figure in exactly the right place. Great post.

    August 27, 2013
    • I always loved his buildings too. That first one is great.

      August 27, 2013
  3. Fabulous work…so glad you got permission to post it!

    August 27, 2013
    • Yes, that is what I thought as well. Thanks Marie.

      August 27, 2013
  4. lol, I thought you were talking about Niagara Falls. This fellow does some very nice work. By the way, I really like your photos. I am not sure if this is the right word to use, but I find them “haunting”. Anyhow, I really like the feel of them.

    August 27, 2013
    • I can understand the confusion. He does do wonderful paintings, though not my photos, I took, with permission, from the gallery website. I like the use of the word haunting, I think it really reflects the work. Thanks.

      August 28, 2013
  5. Thanks for introducing Rick Amor to me! I immediately felt attracted to his work.

    August 28, 2013
    • You are welcome, I love his work and it is great to hear someone else likes it as well. Check out the gallery website and his website and you can see a lot more.

      August 28, 2013
  6. Great work, I thought they were photos at first. This man is fabulous. :)

    August 28, 2013
    • He is John, his work is big and truly amazing, I loved seeing it. I wish I could paint as well as he does.

      August 28, 2013
  7. Thank you for closing the gap in my limited awareness of things far away. Wonderful stuff.

    August 28, 2013
    • You are welcome, he is a very successful Australian artist, though I don’t know how well known he is outside our waters.

      August 28, 2013
  8. So true, the person in each piece of art really does give a better impression of the size and enormity of the scene!

    August 28, 2013
    • I am glad you agree Becky, I think it is so clever, the buildings can look so much bigger that way.

      August 28, 2013
  9. I love the colors in the second one. And the third one really looks like a painting. Beautiful work.

    August 28, 2013
    • He is a fantastic painter Nia, probably one of my all time favourites. He is basically at the top of my list of artists.

      August 28, 2013
      • Oh, okay, that IS a painting. I want to see his work. Darn, the exhibit will be over by the time I’m there. I won’t have time to see too much while there anyway, and I want to spend a lot of time outside. But I need to figure out what museum and or gallery to visit. It’s interesting that I’m evolving to the point of really being ready to graduate to understanding some technical stuff with my cameras right when I’m about to meet you in person.

        August 30, 2013
      • I can help you with working out what galleries of musuems to go to, there are some you shouldn’t miss if you have time, but I can make a list if you like. That is so funny, so you will be asking lots of questions? Really, I don’t mind that sort of thing at all. I can’t wait to meet you.

        August 30, 2013
  10. I would have gone if I was nearby.

    August 28, 2013
    • It is a great exhibition, the work looks so much better on the walls, the paintings are so large.

      August 28, 2013
  11. Beautiful urvan work. I take it that these paintings are based on real places.

    Very impressive that there is a Niagara Gallery in Australia. Niagra is a region and city in the Candian province of Ontario. The name is said to be derived from the Mohawk Indian name given to a branch of Neutral Confederacy natives in the area (straddling the US/Canadian border. Several late 17th century French maps of the area refer to the culture as “Niagagarega” people. Anther source explains that the name is that of an old Iroquois villahe called “Ongniaahra”, meaning “point of land cut in two”; that would be the area of land between the Great Lakes of Erie and Ontario, sliced through by the Niagara River.

    August 28, 2013
    • I think they are based on real places, but he will use a few places to make one place, that is my understanding of his work. So, often I recognise something, but it isn’t exactly how it is, or where you think it might be.
      I have no idea why the gallery is called that, but thanks for the information, I find that sort of thing interesting. Of course, I have heard of Niagara Falls, but not the other stuff.

      August 28, 2013
  12. Wonderful, so moody and evoccative- thanks for the introduction to this amazing artist!

    August 28, 2013
    • You are very welcome, he is one of my all time favourite artists, so I love showing his work when I can.

      August 29, 2013
  13. Love the method (technique?) he uses to make concrete so colorful, Leanne…I’ve never really searched out his work, so thanks for the link. Quite a fine post, especially because there are so many great Australian artists/photographers you’ve introduced whom I’d never possibly known!

    August 29, 2013
    • I love that too, I love the way he uses paint. We have a lot of good artists here, some get known internationally, others don’t. Glad you like the introductions 1000.

      August 30, 2013
      • Fun stuff, Leanne, to learn about contemporary artists of AU!

        August 30, 2013
      • It is great to do, you never know when someone will introduce you to someone who will give you that inspiration that pushes your work so much.

        August 30, 2013
      • That’s so very true, Leanne…one little nudge, and a million ideas explode!

        August 31, 2013
      • I have had that happen to me a couple of times in the last few months.

        August 31, 2013
      • A wonderful thing, isn’t it?

        September 1, 2013
      • Oh yes, absolutely.

        September 1, 2013

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