David Storey, 2011


Born in Workington, West Cumbria, David Storey spent his childhood in the dramatic landscape of the Solway Plain before going on to study art at Hornsey College of Art in London.

After graduating David began working in the music industry when he joined Elton John's record label, Rocket Records as a designer. David then moved to Chrysalis Records where he worked first as a designer and later as art director (see designs).

David's paintings have featured in numerous exhibitions, including the final of The Threadneedle Prize at The Mall Galleries in London, the 2012 Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and a recent solo show at Thomas and Paul Gallery, London. David has appeared on the BBC2 arts programme 'Show Me the Monet' discussing his painting Blue Room.

David Storey is represented in the UK by Thomas and Paul Contemporary, London.

Read the article by Richard Unwin
Read the Art Collective interview

Artist's Statement:

"In many ways my paintings are concerned with an exploration of memory featuring figures and faces glimpsed or half-remembered – 'forgotten ancestors' recovered from my own personal well of subconscious ideas.

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

1973 - 76 Middlesex University, BA honours degree art & design
1972 - 73 Hornsey Art College, foundation course
1967 - 72 St. Bees School, Cumbria

Professional Experience:
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

Selected Shows:

2014 Art Southampton, New York
2014 Solo Exhibition, Thomas and Paul Contemporary, London
2014 The AAF Show, Battersea
2013 The AAF Show, Hamburg
2013 'Prelude' at The Thomas and Paul Gallery, London
2013 Affordable Art Fair, 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
2004 Encounters, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
2002 Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
1999 Icons of Pop, National Portrait Gallery, London

Work owned by private collectors in several countries around the world including: France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Australia, the UK and the USA.

2011 BBC2 arts programme 'Show Me the Monet'


Article by Richard Unwin (2014)
Interview, The Art Collective (2013)


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