Born Frankston, Victoria, Australia 1948
Revaling an artistic talent while young, Rick Amor began painting while at school and then undertook formal art training at the Caulfield Institute of Technology (1964–65) and the National Gallery School, Melbourne (1966–68), where he was encouraged by John Brack. He began winning prizes for his paintings and drawings in the mid-1960s and held his first solo exhibition at the Joseph Brown Gallery, Melbourne in 1974.
During the late 1970s and early 1980s Amor continued to paint while producing illustrations for Overland magazine, and cartoons and posters for trade unions as the official artist at Trades Hall, Melbourne. He began concentrating on plein air painting around the Williamstown and docks areas of Melbourne in the mid-1980s, developing his mature painting style in which landscapes, street scenes and interiors brim with psychological tension. He has also subsequently pursued his interest in printmaking and created cast sculptures.
An acknowledged portraitist, Amor was an Archibald Prize finalist in 1996, 1997 and 2003, and in 1999 he was appointed the Australian War Memorial’s official war artist in East Timor. Survey exhibitions have included Rick Amor and Sculpture, Benalla Art Gallery (2002); Rick Amor: Standing in the Shadows, McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Melbourne (2005) and Rick Amor: A Single Mind, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2008).
Amor is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, several major state galleries, the Australian War Memorial, as well as many university and regional galleries.