Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Art Gallery of New South Wales announces Tim Storrier's self-portrait wins Archibald Prize 2012

Art Daily News
Australian painter Tim Storrier's prize winning self-portrait painting titled 'The histrionic wayfarer'. AP Photo/Art Gallery NSW.

SYDNEY.- Tim Storrier was represented in last year’s Archibald Prize with another self-portrait without a face. Entitled Moon boy (self-portrait as a young man), the figure was represented by a suit of empty clothes hanging as if on a scarecrow in a barren landscape. 
This year’s self-portrait is, as he notes, a work in a quite different mood. ‘It refers to a painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The wayfarer painted in 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 ... More

The Bookman loves "The Archibald" and is fortunate enough to have visited many of them over the years. We plan to whip over after Easter for a weekend and a visit to the AGNSW will be top of our list.

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