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Tim Storrier was born in Sydney in 1949. At the age of nineteen, Storrier won the prestigious Sulman Prize. He was the youngest artist to ever receive the award and hence catapulted to fame and success at an early age.
Storrier spent his youth in rural New South Wales. The landscapes of ubiquitous rural Australian scapes are ever-present in his work and the foundation for most of his painting.
'Apart from the constructions which Storrier set up in the landscape in the 1980s, he has always considered himself a studio artist. This has a lot to do with his need for privacy and isolation in his work. He has made numerous journeys into remote areas of Australia and often uses a camera as a means of recording particular incidents. While he does occasionally make drawings and small watercolours out of doors, his best work is usually completed in the studio? Although the photographs serve as useful reminders, memory is the liberating force which allows him to reach a more conceptual level in his paintings.'
When Tim Storrier painted The Burn in 1984 it marked a significant breakthrough in his artistic development. It was a succinct and potent image which dealt conceptually with his emotional state of mind. In the form of a flayed carcase with a burning rope following the contour of the spine, he found the symbolic equivalent for the trauma he was experiencing at the time through the breakdown of a relationship. Storrier describes it as a 'totem for an emotional state.' Deborah Hart, 1989.
Tim Storrier's work work is exhibited in collections in the National Gallery of Australia, the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York and the National and Tate Galleries in London.