Kennel memory IV – red roof
Evening blaze line

Born Sydney, Australia 1949


The burning rope, ablaze in the Australian desert, has become an image synonymous with the art of Tim Storrier. Developed in the 1980s, the Burning series, of which Evening blaze line (1990) is a part, forms his most recognised and enduring series.

In developing this body of work, the desert was an important site of investigation for Storrier. In its immensity, this landform offered an equally strange and powerful place in which real and imaginary objects could be inserted.

The horizon, a ubiquitious feature of desertscapes, came into focus during Storrier’s earlier aerial painting. As a prelude to his Burning paintings, Storrier created an installation in which a rope, alluding to the horizon, was placed in the outback and set alight. The desert also allowed Storrier to explore other conditions of the environment – its harsh, restorative and life-giving properties.

Storrier has exhibited nationally and internationally including in London in 1983 at Fisher Fine Art. In 1990, the Museum of Modern Art, New York purchased a number of works. In 1993 Orange Regional Gallery toured a survey exhibition and his work has been included in group exhibitions including Colonial/Post Colonial, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (1996); and The Rose Crossing, Brisbane City Art Gallery and touring Asia (1999–2000).

Storrier won the Sulman Prize (1968 and 1984), and was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994. He is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia and most state galleries.