David Storey


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 says, 'Personally, I find working with memory very therapeutic as well as creatively invaluable. I become haunted by the image I'm developing and it's tremendously satisfying when I manage to get the milky idea from the back of my mind onto the canvas.'



A short film of David and his work may be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_AbuSuXOPw&feature=youtu.be

"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 world of black buildings, rain, sea and mountains in which I grew up is the one 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


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

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David Storey
David Storey