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.
The intensity of Storrier’s gaze is leavened with laconic studies of his favourite old dog, Bunce, (now departed), either balancing a bottle on his head, struggling with temptation or, simply bewildered at the size of the haunch of beef at the end of his chain in the Black dog dilemma series of 2007.

Public Program
Sunday afternoons @ the Gallery

Meet the artist Tim Storrier
Sunday 18th December 2011, 3pm – 5pm
Join Tim Storrier for a glass of champagne ( complimentary with entry ticket ) to celebrate the festive season and the closing day of Elemental Reckoning.


11 Nov – 18 Dec 2011

$7.00 - General Admission
$5.00 - Seniors and Concessions
$4.00 - National Trust Members
(Children under 12 free)

Tues - Sun | 11am - 5pm
(closed Mondays & Public Holidays)

S.H. Ervin Gallery, Observatory Hill (The Rocks) View Map

Storrier, Bunce balancing mango and banana, 2007