Archibald Prize goes to fanciful self-portrait

Bendigo Weekly | Bendigo Weekly | 30-Mar-2012


Tim Storrier's painting based on a 16th-century worky by Hieronymous Bosch has taken out this year's Archibald Prize.

"The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch) was announced as the winner today at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Storrier was born in Sydney and now lives in Bathurst.

A well-known artist, exhibited in galleries all over Australia and internationally, Storrier explained his comical-looking painting as showing "a carapace of burden".

"Provisions, art materials, books, papers, bedding, compass and maps, all for the journey through the landscape of the artist's mind, accompanied by Smudge (a small black and white dog), the critic and guide of the whole enterprise."

Smudge, who is sitting high up on the pile of stuff on the artist's back, is looking backwards in the direction they have come from, while an invisible Storrier is peering forward through glasses that are also binoculars.

The Archibald is Australia's best-known and most-discussed prize.


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