On Wednesday my SIL (fellow artist) and myself, went into the NSW Art Gallery, which I’m delighted to say is becoming an annual trek for us 🙂 It’s always a fun day with great company!
The Archibald Prize is a much anticipated yearly portraiture exhibition and it seems, usually one with much controversy and talent.
This year’s chosen winner is a very complex, interesting and fun self portrait by artist Tim Storrier, titled ‘The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch)’.
I enjoy this painting. It is an endless quirky visual story… one that can be viewed for ages, with still ‘more’ to be found.
Tim Storrier says of this painting:
‘(My faceless self-portrait) refers to The wayfarer by Hieronymus Bosch, painted in c1510 where the figure is believed to be choosing a path or possibly the prodigal son returning.
I have depicted a carapace of burden with the wayfarer clothed in the tools to sustain the intrigue of a metaphysical survey – art materials, books, papers, bedding, compass and maps – on a journey through the landscape of the artist’s mind; accompanied by Smudge, the critic and guide of the whole enterprise.’
Quote from the 2012 Archibald Prize booklet.
While at the Art Gallery we also viewed other exhibitions such as the Sulman and Wynne prizes 2012, Australian Symbolism – the art of dreams and the Australian Galleries with a few of my personal favourites, Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston and Max Dupain.
It was great to stand in front of old favourites and to discover new ones. A most enjoyable day!