Tim Storrier

Tim Storrier AM (born 13 February 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian artist who won the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with The Lunar Savant, a portrait of fellow artist, McLean Edwards.[1]

Tim Storrier
Tim Storrier at the launch of Gallery 43 at the Wagga campus of the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute.jpg
Storrier at the launch of Gallery 43 at the Wagga Wagga campus of the Riverina Institute of TAFE
Born (1949-02-13) 13 February 1949 (age 72)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
EducationNational Art School, Sydney
Known forPainting
AwardsSir John Sulman Prize
1968 Suzy 350

Sir John Sulman Prize
1984 The Burn

Archibald Prize
2012 The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch)

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2017 The Lunar Savant


His win in the 2012 Archibald Prize with a 'faceless' self-portrait entitled The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch), proved a controversial choice by the judges. Storrier notes in the accompanying Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) text[2] "It refers to a painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Wayfarer painted in c. 1510 where the figure is believed to be choosing a path or possibly the prodigal son returning," says Storrier. "It also has other references, I believe, but they are rather clouded in biblical history and time... A carapace of burden is depicted in The histrionic wayfarer, clothed in the tools to sustain the intrigue of a metaphysical survey. Provisions, art materials, books, papers, bedding, compass and maps, all for the journey through the landscape of the artist's mind, accompanied by Smudge [the dog], the critic and guide of the whole enterprise."

The AGNSW text also notes "Though there is no face to identify him, Storrier believes that identity is made clear by the clothes and equipment carried. Storrier has included a drawing of himself in the painting, scribbled on a piece of paper being blown away by the wind".[3] Storrier's Wayfarer is one of his later career figurative subjects and other examples can be seen in his In Absentia series.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Storrier grew up near Wellington, New South Wales, was educated at the Sydney Church of England Grammar School and the National Art School, in Sydney. Storrier lived and worked in Sydney until 1995 when he moved to Bathurst, New South Wales, where he remained until 2013.[5] He and his third wife Janet reside near Bowral in NSW.[6]


He is the recipient of several awards including the Sir John Sulman Prize in 1968 for Suzy 350 at age 19 and again in 1984 for The Burn and the Archibald Prize in 2012 for the Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch). At nineteen, Storrier was the youngest artist to win the Sulman Prize. He was a finalist in the 2011 Archibald Prize and also in the Wynne Prize 2012[7] for his painting The Dalliance.[8] He was the winner of the 2014 Packing Room Prize.


In 1993, Storrier was the subject of the documentary film Lighting Fires which aired on ABC television.[9] In 1994, he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for services to art.


His work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York and all major Australian art museums.


  • Capon, Edmund; Wright, William; Storrier, Tim; Zimmer, Jenny; Macmillan, Melbourne (2009). Moments.
  • Crawford, Ashley (2003). Lines of Fire: Works on Paper by Tim Storrier. Melbourne: Thames and Hudson.
  • McGregor, Ken; Crawford, Ashley (2002). William Creek & Beyond: Australian Artists Explore the Outback. Sydney: Craftsman House.
  • Lumby, Catharine (2000). Tim Storrier: The Art of the Outsider. Sydney: Craftsman House.
  • Gray, Robert, ed. (1998). John Olsen: Drawn from Life. Sydney: Duffy & Snellgrove.
  • Allen, Christopher (1997). Art in Australia: From Colonization to Postmodernism. London: Thames & Hudson.
  • Hawley, Janet (1993). 'Tim Storrier', in Encounters with Australian Artists. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press. pp. 147–55.
  • Van Nunen, Linda (1987). Point to Point: The Art of Tim Storrier. Sydney: Craftsman House.
  • McKenzie, Janet (1986). Drawing in Australia: Contemporary Images and Ideas. Melbourne: Macmillan Australia.
  • Germaine, Max (1979). Artists and Galleries of Australia and New Zealand. Sydney: Lansdowne Editions.
  • Hughes, Robert (1970). The Art of Australia (revised ed.). Melbourne: Penguin Books.

Essays and editorialsEdit

  • Tim Storrier (London exhibition) – Bryan Robertson, Fischer Fine Art, London, 1983
  • Ticket to Egypt – Linda Van Nunen and Christopher Leonard, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1986
  • Burning of the Gifts – Deborah Hart, Australian Galleries, Sydney, 1989
  • Point to Point – William Wright, Presentation of major work to Australian Embassy, Tokyo, 1996

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Morris, Linda (18 October 2017). "Doug Moran National Portrait Prize goes to Tim Storrier". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ Art Gallery of NSW
  3. ^ Art Gallery of NSW. "Tim Storrier::The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch)". Archibald Prize 2012. Art Gallery of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 June 2012.
  4. ^ In Absentia
  5. ^ storrier.com Archived 1 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Gripper, Ali. "The country gentleman". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Wynne Prize finalists 2012 :: Art Gallery NSW". NSW.gov.au. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ The Dalliance
  9. ^ "Curator's notes Tim Storrier, 'Lighting Fires' (1993) on ASO - Australia's audio and visual heritage online". ASO.gov.au. Retrieved 20 February 2017.

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Preceded by
Ben Quilty
Archibald Prize
for The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)
Succeeded by
Del Kathryn Barton