Threadneedle Prize finalist David Storey is a British figurative painter. His psychologically charged paintings are about memory, with half-remembered people and places emerging from complex layers of texture and colour. David is represented in the UK by Panter and Hall, London.
David says, 'Personally, I find working with memory very therapeutic as
well as creatively invaluable. For example, when I was six or seven years old, I was off school ill one day and my mother found an old jigsaw that she gave me to make. The problem was, the box didn't have a picture to follow. Anyway, I spent all day assembling the puzzle, which turned out to be a really haunting image: a painting of a bedroom shown in semi-darkness, deep maroon bedcovers, rich wall tapestries in bottle green and dark blue, with gold trim—and inside the bed a gaunt woman, either asleep or dead. Memories of experiences like this are hugely valuable to me. It has become
a kind of paradigm. I become haunted by the image I'm working with and
it's tremendously satisfying when I manage to get the milky idea from the back of my mind onto the canvas.
'My feeling is that, for everyone, whether they think about it much day-to-day or not, memories remain self-defining. I come from West Cumbria, which is a bleak coastal plain, welded onto the side of the Lake District. The municipal buildings and churches are mainly Victorian and built of sand stone that turns black when it rains... and it rains an awful
lot there. This melancholy and primordial environment in which I grew
up, of black buildings, sea, lake and mountain, is the world that I paint.'
Richard Unwin writing about David's work:
"Sharing in their fragility, the characters Storey depicts are aware they stand on the edge, but they are aware too that we who look on them are also fragile. The blurred faces gaze out as if to ask if we who exist now have forgotten those who went before and if we believe our experiences today are really unique; the couples trapped in tension stand as a mirror to all relationships, while the most haunting characters come as associates of Ebenezer's ghosts, ready to awaken us to who we truly are."
"My paintings are an exploration of memory. They offer glimpsed or half-remembered figures and faces – 're-imagined ancestors' recovered from a personal archive of the forgotten.
I come from West Cumbria, which is a bleak coastal plain, welded onto the side of the Lake District. The municipal buildings and churches are mainly Victorian and built of sand stone that turns black when it rains... and it rains an awful lot there. This melancholy and primordial environment
in which I grew up, of black buildings, sea, lakes and
mountains, is the world that I paint.
Wherever possible I paint using my fingers, palette knives
and rags instead of brushes, I achieve a much more expressive result and find I can create a fuller range of tones, colours, textures and lines working this way."
Born: 1954, Workington, Cumbria
Status: Married, one son, one step-daughter
1996 - 96 Slade School of Art, Summer School
1973 - 76 Middlesex University, BA honours degree, art & design
1972 - 73 Hornsey Art College, Foundation Course
1967 - 72 St. Bees School, Cumbria
1995 - present: Artist.
1986 - 94 Artist/designer, The Bureaux
1987 - 90 Visiting lecturer Central St. Martins, London
1983 - 85 Art Director, Chrysalis Records and 2-Tone Records
1979 - 82 Designer, Chrysalis Records and 2-Tone Records
1977 - 79 Designer, Rocket Records
2016 Chosen by Saatchi Art as their 'Artist of the Day'
2015 AAF, London
2015 Solo Show, Panter and Hall, London
2015 Saatchi Art Exhibition, 'Curated by Rebecca Wilson'
2014 AAF, Hamburg
2014 Art Southampton, New York
2014 Solo show, Thomas and Paul Contemporary, London
2014 AAF, London
2013 AAF, Hamburg
2013 'Prelude' at Thomas and Paul Contemporary, London
2013 AAF, London
2013 Finalist, Saatchi Art 'Showdown'
2012 Finalist, Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London
2012 Finalist, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition
2012 Saatchi Art exhibition '100 CURATORS 100 DAYS'
2011 Cultivate, Vyner Street Gallery
2011 Fern Felix, Glasgow
2011 ArtBeat Festival, Woburn
2010 The Coningsby Gallery, London
2008 Lautieri Moores Open, The Gallery in Cork Street
2005 Encounters, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
2003 Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
1999 Icons of Pop, National Portrait Gallery, London
1986 Festival of British Art & Design, Vienna
Work owned by private collector in France, Spain, Germany, Holland,Italy, Japan, Australia, UK, USA and elsewhere.
2014 Article by Richard Unwin , The Art Collective
2014 Interview and Q&A session with Mike Southon in front of an invited audience at the Thomas and Paul Gallery, London.
2013 Interview, The Art Collective
2011 BBC2 arts programme 'Show Me the Monet'
2010 Sunday Times Magazine article
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