Storrier picked up the award for his portrait The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) which, as the title suggests, depicts prominent Australian painter McLean Edwards in a moonlit landscape.
Established in 1988, the Moran Prize celebrates Australian portraiture and is the most lucrative Australian art award. Storrier will receive a $150,000 prize.
This year the award finalists and winner were judged by artist Wendy Sharpe; Daniel Thomas AM, emeritus director of the Art Gallery of South Australia; and Greta Moran, director of the Moran Arts Foundation.
As Daniel Thomas said of the panel’s decision, “We awarded the prize to Tim Storrier, a veteran artist who went outside his personal mythology and produced an affectionate, teasing, “friendship painting” of a wild fellow artist.”
Storrier was selected from 30 finalists including well-known artists such as Anh Do, Robert Hannaford and Prudence Flint, alongside mid-career and emerging Australian artists. The prize prompts Australian artists to create a portrait that interprets the look and personality of the sitter. This year entries included portraits of well-known figures such as Isla Fisher, Alex Perry, Jack Charles and Paul Capsi.
The Moran Prize is supported by the Moran Arts Foundation which seeks to foster achievements in portraiture and photography. It is an acquisitive award and Storrier’s portrait is now part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.