Artist Biography


Tim Storrier was born in Sydney in 1949 and spent his early childhood on the family sheep station at Umagarlee, near Wellington New South Wales. Storrier studied at the National Art School from 1967 to 1969 and in the 1970s made several expeditions to outback Australia. The vast outback panoramas are at the heart of his fascination with distance and space.

During the 1980’s, Storrier began experimenting with three dimensional constructions which he set up in remote, barren locations. By installing wires, ropes and steel in the landscape and setting them on fire he created dramatic images which he later translated into paintings such as “The Blaze Line 1990” which gives the impression of a secondary blazing horizon. The horizon features prominently in many of Storrierís paintings. “For me” says Storrier. “the romance begins where the horizon ends, the point at which it touches the sky. I have, in my paintings, a compulsion to keep pushing the horizon line further and further back.”

As well as the Australian outback and its myths and legends, Storrierís artworks have been influenced by Dutch seascapes, his travels to Egypt, and by the works of artists like Drysdale, Nolan, Constable, Turner, Delacroix, Gericault and the Dutch artist Theo Kuijpers.

Tim Storrier won the Sulman Prize in 1968 and in 1984. His work appears in major collections both here and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the National and Tate Galleries in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was awarded an AM for services to art in Australia in 1994.

Tim Storrier was awarded the Archibald prize in 2012 for The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch).

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
New England Regional Art Museum, NSW
The Australian Print Collection, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Australian National University, Canberra
Deakin University, Geelong
Western Australian Institute of Technology, Perth
City of Hamilton Art Gallery, Victoria
City of Rockhampton Art Gallery, Queensland
Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
Bar Association of New South Wales, Sydney