Elemental Reckoning: the art of Tim Storrier
Major Survey 1981 – 2011
Storrier, Reflected Fireline, 1996
In the Media:
In the summer of 1968, David Strachan awarded the Sulman Prize for genre painting to the 19-year-old Tim Storrier. The die was cast: over the next forty years, Storrier would forge one of the most successful idiosyncratic careers in Australian art. In due course, the artist’s vision would infiltrate the imaginative life of the nation. Elemental Reckoning: the art of Tim Storrier 1981- 2011, will be the first major survey of this acclaimed artist’s work, curated by Gavin Wilson.
A countryman by upbringing and temperament, Storrier has created an astonishing range of imagery steeped in early memories of life on the land. The four elements: earth, air, fire and water provide the framework for the artist’s singular vision of the Australian experience. Perhaps none more-so than fire, that culminates in the artist’s critical foray into the cultural detritus of our times seen in works such as Pastoral domestic (cultural wind), 2007.
The sheer beauty and artistry of Storrier’s practice is revealed in a range of inspired imagery imbued with poetic resonance - the vivid memory of air travel as a youngster in Boys own (Flight Home Umagarlee), 2007; musing over a sullen, wind-swept ocean The wave and garland, 1998; or the experience of a blazing night sky, Starlight the plain (night coals), 2008.
11 Nov – 18 Dec 2011
Storrier, Bunce balancing mango and banana, 2007