Storrier Wins the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Congratulations to Tim Storrier, who has been awarded as the winner of the $150,000 prize with his portrait of friend, Mclean Edwards, 'The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards)'.

Mclean is also a finalist in the exhibition, with a highly emotive self-portrait. The result is an interesting duality of identity created by the two portraits.

Dagmar Cyrulla was awarded highly commended for her striking self-portrait.

This is his first time for Storrier as a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. His portrait of fellow artist McLean Edwards was selected from 30 finalists, with over 1130 artists entering the Portrait Prize in 2017.

Daniel Thomas AM said: “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 and titled it The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) 2017”.

Wendy Sharpe said: “The Lunar Savant (Portrait of McLean Edwards) 2017 depicts Storrier’s friend, artist McLean Edwards wandering in a mysterious moonlit landscape. An arresting, intriguing image at once both disturbing and playful”.

Thirty portraits make up the finalists for the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, to see the full list of finalists click here. The finalists and winners are now on display in a free exhibition until 17 December 2017.

This year’s Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) was judged by Daniel Thomas AM, Emeritus Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, artist Wendy Sharpe, and Greta Moran, Director of the Moran Arts Foundation.

The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize is Australia’s richest art prize, with prize money of $180,000 including the $150,000 first prize. The DMNPP invites entries of original works from Australian artists, capturing Australians from all walks of life, whether a public figure or someone from their own circle of experience.

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition
19 October -17 December 2017
Juniper Hall, Paddington

Courtesy the artists and the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.


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