Tim Storrier Archibald Prize


At an early period Storrier was a near neighbour of Whiteley in Lavender Bay and took over the gasworks studio from him.

Winner: Archibald Prize 2012.

Olsen is the grand old man of Australian painting, proving that it is possible to be at the peak of one’s intellectual abilities in old age. Storrier has included a drawing of himself in the painting, scribbled on a piece of paper being blown away by the wind". And they added their exploration to what they had inherited from the past: Olsen from Passmore, Whiteley from Rees and Storrier from Lambert.All three were lifelong friends (and sometimes rivals) who were united by their devotion to figurative painting, in a period when painting was still under the spell of abstraction. The packers have spoken for the 23rd time and this year declared Tim Storrier's portrait of Sir Les Patterson as their favourite entry for the 2014 Archibald Prize. But one similarity is that all three could think in epic terms and were prepared to attempt paintings on a heroic scale.Like the three British painters, Olsen, Whiteley and Storrier are equally introspective about the nature of painting. Though connected by a logical historical evolution, the three artists worked independently of each other and their work developed along different lines.
Olsen was particularly encouraging; he invited Storrier to join him on his trip to Lake Eyre and in 2000 wrote a discerning review of Storrier’s work for the foreword to Catharine Lumby’s book on the artist.Sydney-based artist Sarah Goffman and writer HR Johnston both hate to see anything go to waste.

Tim Storrier was represented in last year’s Archibald Prize with another self-portrait without a face. Since the last book on his work was published in 2009, he has been awarded the Archibald Prize in 2012, as well as the Moran National Portrait Prize in 2017. “Time and the event won't happen again," he said esoterically. It is not easy to keep up with him – he is now also making sculpture.Get the latest news delivered straight to your inbox.Tim Storrier’s career already spans fifty years, beginning from when at the age of nineteen he was awarded the 1968 Sulman Prize by David Strachan. Looking at his achievement it is now possible to see where he might fit in Australian art within the period in which he has been active.However, a large painting requires more than technical ability; it needs to be infused with an original vision in order to make the painting relevant, dynamic and eventually have a life of its own.Whiteley’s career was cut short (it was Storrier whom the police called to identify Whiteley when he was found dead in Thirroul). Because of the age difference, it was easier for Storrier to be accepted by the two older artists, who helped and encouraged the efforts of the younger artist’s potential. They met to discuss how Goffman turns trash into treasure.Today Storrier is a consummate and acclaimed artist with a considerable oeuvre, and several books already published on his work.
Their work does not depend on each other, but one important connection between them is the knot of generations. The self portrait features a figure clothed in a multitude of art materials with an invisible face. Tim Storrier is a contemporary Australian painter known for his surreal depictions fires in the Australian Outback. Sydney-born artist Tim Storrier has won this year’s Archibald Prize for his painting "The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)." Mar 30, 2012 - Tim Storrier has won the 2012 Archibald Prize for the best portrait, with his painting The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch).

It changed the course of Whiteley’s life; for the other two, it was an important period of investigation and soul searching.