I would like to thank Doug and Greta Moran for their continuing philanthropy to the Arts and establishing one if not the most prestigious portrait prize in Australia.
The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards)
The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards), 2017
Acrylic On Canvas, 198 x 91cm
Moran Prize 2017 – Winner
“paintings especially portraits have a life of their own and this picture suffered the indignity of being rejected by the Board of the Art Gallery of New South Wales for even hanging in the Archibald.
As with any disgrace resurrection is possible and now ‘the Lunar Savant’ is now bathed in the warm light of success.
All is well that …….. yes something like that”.
Photography: FoxtelArts 2017
Tim Storrier grew up in Wellington, country NSW where at the age of 16 he was awarded the first and second prize at the Wellington agricultural show.
Tim’s career took off when as a jackeroo at Mt Hope he heard from a fellow jackeroo that he had won ‘some prize’. The jackeroo had heard it on the ABC radio news at smoko. Tim did indeed win the Sulman Prize for Suzy 350 awarded by David Strahan who was tragically killed in a car accident shortly afterwards. So he hopped on his motorbike and raced to Sydney to be the youngest recipient ever of the prestigious AGNSW award, leaving his country but always returning to it with his imagery which over the years has depicted the Australian landscape in its harsh and desolate beauty.
Tim again won the Sulman Prize in 1984, awarded to him by Arthur Boyd with “The Burn”.
This acknowledgment allowed Tim to become an ‘artist’ on a professional basis and he gave up jackerooing and moved to Sydney to follow his calling. An unfashionable choice for a boy from the bush but he was supported by his mother, Nancy Storrier in his endeavours from an early age.
Tim was mentored by Brett Whitely and John Olsen in the late 70’s and the friendship has endured.
The decades have seen Tim’s work continually evolve and at 68 he still feels there is much to do. His practice is disciplined and dedicated around strict studio hours.
Tim is currently working on a series of sculptures which evolved from the The Histrionic Wayfarer, (after Bosch) self portrait, with which he won the AGNSW Archibald Prize in 2012.
Tim went on to win the Packing Room Prize in 2014 with The Member, Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson KCB AO.
The Wayfarer sculpture has been recently installed in the French Quarter in Shanghai by Leo Gallery, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Tim’s work is held in prestigious private and public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Tim lives in Bowral, Southern Highlands of New South Wales.