Tim Storrier (b. 1949)

Lot 35: TIM STORRIER, born 1949, THE NIGHT SKY, 1993, synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Deutscher and Hackett

September 13, 2016
Sydney, Australia

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Description: TIM STORRIER, born 1949, THE NIGHT SKY, 1993, synthetic polymer paint on canvas
SIGNED: signed lower right: Storrier
DIMENSIONS: 104.0 x 230.0 cm

PROVENANCE:
Philip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane
Deutsche Bank Collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 1995
Deutscher and Hackett, Melbourne, 29 November 2007, lot 21
Private collection, Sydney

ESSAY:
Upon first glance, The Night Sky, 1993 mines familiar territory in Storrier's oeuvre, with the strong horizontal tension of the blazing horizon echoing his celebrated 'point to point' paintings of the 1980s. Yet despite such affinities, the composition reveals a significant shift in Storrier's vision towards the end of the millennium: where previously his evocations of fire had been literal and direct, now his treatment is more subdued, reflective and abstract. The rope too has been replaced by a burning log and the glowing embers of a vacated campsite, thus inviting darker, more sublimated readings which explore concepts of displacement and isolation. As Lumby suggests in her monograph on the artist, these nocturnal landscapes 'announce a more sophisticated exploration of the emotive, melancholic mood that has always haunted Storrier's work - of the themes of isolation and abandonment which he had focused on explicitly in works like Retreat, 1972, Defence of Indado, 1973, and Death of a Warrior in Spring, 1975. The skies in his nocturnal paintings are an intense cobalt blue, cut back with darker glazes... the landscape here is at once awe-inspiring and threatening, both enveloping and alienating.'1

Like the finest of Storrier's work, The Night Sky encapsulates the artist's enduring interest in the four elements and the power of life which they embody. In the manner of the great Romantic painters of the nineteenth century such as JMW Turner and Casper David Friedrich, Storrier here contemplates the insignificance of humankind when compared to the awesome magnitude of the natural world, drawing upon the symbolism of the fading light of day as a metaphor for change or the fin de siècle, end of an era. Unifying fire with an entirely different great vastness (untraversed bodies of water and infinite celestial skies), thus the present work may be construed as bearing allusions to evolution, the passing of time and the grandeur of decay in the same vein as the traditional vanitas still life. As Storrier himself muses, '...there is a relationship between fecundity and mortality, between something that is wet and something that is burning. These are primal poetic qualities that do not change in terms of the human spirit.'2

1. Lumby, C., Tim Storrier: The Art of the Outsider, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2000, p. 142 – 3
2. Storrier, T.,quoted in Tim Storrier: The Burning Gifts, Australian Galleries, 1989, p. 11

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