Tim Storrier's Biography

Born in 1949 in Sydney, Tim studied at the National Art School. He lives in Bathurst NSW.

Tim Storrier was a Trustee of the Art Gallery of New South Wales; he was awarded the Order of Australia AM for his services to art; and a Doctor of Arts (Hons.) from Charles Sturt University, New South Wales.

Awards and Commissions


  • Awarded the Archibald prize for The Histrionic Wayfarer (after Bosch).


  • Travelled to Antarctica.
  • Publiication of Elemental Reckoning: The Art of Tim Storrier 1981-2011, by Gavin Wilson, in conjunction with S. H Ervin Gallery Exhibition.


  • Commenced building studio at ‘Blackdown’.
  • Publication of Tim Storrier Moments, forward by Edmund Capon.


  • Moved to 'Blackdown' at Bathurst.


  • Married Janet Marshall on 9 October at St Mark’s Church, Darling Point


  • Publication of Lines of Fire: Works on Paper by Tim Storrier by Ashley Crawford.
  • Awarded Doctor of Arts by Charles Sturt University, New South Wales on 8 May.
  • Travelled to Africa in July, touring through Kenya and Tanzania and visiting the major national parks.


  • Travelled to Mexico to witness the 'Day of the Dead Festival'.
  • Travelled to William Creek, and Lake Eyre with John Olsen, Rodney Pople and Robert Jacks.


  • Publication of Tim Storrier: The Art of the Outsider by Catherine Lumly.


  • Travelled to to Nemrud Dagi, Turkey.


  • Birth of third son, George, 3 July, Bathurst Base Hospital, New South Wales.
  • Travelled in a Beachcraft Baron to Moree, Longreach, Uluru, Coober Pedy, William Creek Hotel, Lake Eyre, and Broken Hill accompanied by John Olsen and Giles Auty.


  • Moved to Bathurst, New South Wales.


  • Awarded AM for services to contemporary Australian art in the Australia Day Honours list.


  • Extensive tour of China.


  • Married Jane Reid on 10 May at Marylebone Registry Office, London.


  • Appointed Trustee, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (three terms).


  • Publication of Point to Point: The Art of Tim Storrier by Linda Van Nunen.


  • Awarded the Sir John Sulman Prize for The Burn. The judge was Australian artist Arthur Boyd.
  • Expedition to Egypt in May under the patronage of Sir Garrick Agnew OBE, in connection with commission of a series of paintings and drawings.


  • Travelled to Kakadu with Richard Tipping, Frank Hodgkinson, and Colin Jack Hinton.


  • Birth of a second son, Luke, 14 October, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.
  • Acquired a studio in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney.


  • Visited West Coast of the USA.
  • Birth of first son, Benjamin, 25 May, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. Moved to Lavender Bay, Sydney.
  • Relinquished Waverton Gas Works studio and established studio in lower ground floor of Lavender Bay home.


  • Expedition to Lake Eyre with artist John Olsen, naturalist Vincent Serventy, and Sturt Purves, Director of Australian Galleries, Melbourne.


  • Designed sets for the movie Stone. Acquired Waverton Gas Works studio, Sydney.
  • Death of his mother, Nancy Storrier (née Webb), 4 December.


  • Study tour of Central Australia with photographers Grant Mudford and Wes Stacey, with particular concentration on Uluru (Ayers Rock).


  • Six-month tenure as Artist-in-Residence at Owen Tooth Memorial Cottage, Vence, South of France, under aegis of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
  • Toured the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.


  • Designed 9 x 6 metre backdrop for Peter Sculthorpe’s adaptation of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, performed by the Australian Ballet as part of the Canberra Arts Festival.
  • Worked as a freelance graphic artist.


  • Abandoned art studies to take up a position as a graphic artist in the television sector of the Australian Broadcasting Commission.


  • Enrolled at National Art School, Sydney.
  • Commenced graphic design studies.


  • Awarded the Sir John Sulman Prize for Suzy 350, 1968.
  • The judge was Australian artist David Strachan.


  • Family relocated from Wellington to O’Sullivan Road, Rose Bay, Sydney.
  • Austin Storrier acquired property, ‘Mount Hope’, at Coolah in New South Wales.


  • Awarded First and Second Prizes, Wellington Pastoral, Agricultural, Horticultural Society Annual Exhibition. Category: best drawing, 16 years and under.


  • Attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School. Began formal art studies under tutelage of art master, Ross Doig.


  • Moved from Sydney to family property, ‘Umagarlee’, near Wellington in rural New South Wales.


  • Born 13 February, Sydney, Australia. Tim and his twin sister, Prue, were the only children born of Austin, stock dealer and grazier, and Nancy Storrier (née Webb). His step-brother, Ned (the son of Nancy Webb and her first husband, John Scott), also lived with the family in Telegraph Road, Pymble, a suburb of Sydney.