Well, that’s what all the mainstream media is saying. Actually I think the most interesting aspect about Tim Storrier’s Archibald Prize win is his deliberate referencing to the art of pre-Enlightenment Europe, a trait that his “Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch)” shares with Sam Leach’s controversial 2010 Wynne Prize winning painting “Proposal for landscaped cosmos”.
I will leave the greater critiquing of the winning picture to others, however must note my favourite comment about the Archibald Prize this year came from a letter-writer to the Sydney Morning Herald who said “I thought Tim Storrier’s Archibald prize-winning portrait of his dog Smudge an excellent likeness.”
For more information about this year’s Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes visit the Art Gallery of New South Wales website.
Image from AGNSW website.
Image details: The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch), acrylic on canvas, 183 x 122cm