Faceless portrait wins top Australian prize
A painting of a faceless man has won Australia's most prestigious portraiture prize, the Archibald.
Tim Storrier's work The Histrionic Wayfarer (After Bosch) was chosen from 41 finalists to win the $US75,000 prize, an increase of $25,000 from last year.
Though there is no face to identify the pith-helmeted figure, Storrier says his winning work is a self-portrait.
He wears glasses and carries an over-stuffed backpack, which includes Storrier's dog and muse Smudge.
If you look closely, a drawing of Storrier's face can be seen on a piece of paper being blown away by the wind in the background of the painting.
He was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's The Wayfarer, painted in 1510 and currently housed in a Rotterdam museum.
"It was never designed initially as a self-portrait," Storrier told ABC News 24.
"It started out as being a reverential work to a painting by Bosch called The Wayfarer, which is essentially about a pilgrim making a decision between good and evil.
"Now this is not as clear as that, but it's a starting point."
The artist thanked Smudge, who was present at Friday's ceremony at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, in his acceptance speech.
"I suppose you can say I have won with a portrait of a dog," he said.
Storrier was an Archibald finalist last year with a similar faceless self-portrait.
This year's runner-up was After Jack by Jenny Sages.
The finalists will go on public display at the gallery from Saturday.