Tim Storrier

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Tim Storrier AM (born 13 Feb. 1949 in Sydney) is an Australian artist who won the 2012 Archibald Prize with a self-portrait entitled The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch).

The 'faceless' self-portrait proved a controversial choice by the judges. Storrier notes in the accompanying Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) text, "It refers to a painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Wayfarer painted in c1510 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". Storrier's Wayfarer is one of his later career figurative subjects; other examples can be seen in his In Absentia series.

In 1993, Storrier was the subject of a documentary film Lighting Fires which aired on ABC television. 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.
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