David Storey Artist Bio

Threadneedle Prize finalist David Storey is a British figurative painter. His psychologically charged paintings are an exploration of memory, with half-remembered people and places emerging from complex layers of texture and colour. 


David says, 'An idea can come from anywhere: TV, books, the internet etc. I then embark on a process of unlocking the idea through a series of sketches and experiments. This journey of development and discovery can take anything from 5 days to 5 years until a kind of alchemy takes place and things seem to harmonise of their own accord in a way that can be very rewarding.


I paint in an expressionistic way using rags and sponges because the physical marks and textures are a fundamental element of what I am trying to achieve. The challenge for me though is to retain an economy of execution – an effortless effort.


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 an isolated, 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 world is the one that often features in my work.


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


Professional Experience:

1995 - present: Artist.

1986 - 94 Artist/designer, The Bureaux

1991 - 92 External Assessor Croydon Art College

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 Exhibitions and Events:

2017 Affordable Art Fair, London (Panter and Hall stand)

2017 All Square, Cameron Contemporary

2017 Solo Exhibition, Panter and Hall, London

2017 The Summer Show, Cameron Contemporary

2017 Group Show, Castlegate House Gallery, Cumbria

2017 Brighton Festival Show, Cameron Contemporary

2017 Solo Show (22 Feb – 19 March), Highgate Contemporary, London

2016 Group Winter Show, Cameron Contemporary

2016 Group Xmas Show, Highgate Contemporary

2016 Affordable Art Fair, London (Panter and Hall stand)

2016 Feature: Inside the Studio, Saatchi Art homepage

2016 'A Cast of Characters', Cameron Contemporary, Brighton

2016 'Festival' exhibition, Cameron Contemporary, Brighton

2016 'Art Without Boundaries' exhibition, Leyden Gallery, London

2016 Invited to judge the Travers Smith Art Prize

2016 Affordable Art Fair, New York

2016 Chosen by Saatchi Art as their 'Artist of the Day'

2015 Affordable Art Fair, London (Panter and Hall stand)

2015 Solo Show, Panter and Hall, London

2015 Saatchi Art Exhibition, 'Curated by Rebecca Wilson'

2014 Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg

2014 Art Southampton, New York

2014 Solo show, Thomas and Paul Contemporary, London

2014 Affordable Art Fair, London

2013 Affordable Art Fair, Hamburg

2013 'Prelude' at Thomas and Paul Contemporary, 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

2005 Encounters, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

2003 Sussex Open, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery



Work owned by private collector in France, Spain, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Australia, UK, USA and elsewhere.



2016 Feature: Inside the Studio, Saatchi Art

2014 Article by Richard Unwin , The Art Collective

2013 Interview, The Art Collective

2011 BBC2 arts programme 'Show Me the Monet'

2010 Sunday Times Magazine article



2014 David Storey in conversation with Mike Southon in front of an invited audience at the Thomas and Paul Gallery, London.



2012 Finalist, Threadneedle Prize, Mall Galleries, London

2012 Finalist, The Sunday Times Watercolour Competition

© 2015 by Saul Hay Fine Art
Manchester, UK
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