Big Australian Art Prize Announced – The Archibald

Today’s newspapers contain the image of the winning portrait in this year’s Archibald Prize for Portraiture – The Histrionic Wayfarer by Tim Storrier.

His inspiration was Hieronymus Bosch – The Wayfarer, held in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. The differences in mood are great. Bosch’s wayfarer has been described as a man choosing between the paths of virtue and well, the other one. He is a forlorn figure, tattered and weary and tormented by his dilemma.

Storrier’s painting on the other hand is humourous – an image of the landscape painter, whose dilemma is finding the landscape! He too is heavily laden. Not metaphorically, like Bosch’s wayfarer, but physically – with all his artist’s kit! What was I saying in last week’s blog?  This chap has even packed his dog!

The painting is also interesting as a portrait because it is faceless. What do you think? Can a portrait without a face still be a portrait?

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