JP Art Consultancy| 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. 

Studied art and design at Middlesex University before embarking on a successful career as an album cover artist. David was subsequently inspired to focus on painting after attending a summer school at The Slade School of Art in 1996.


"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.

My ideas come from material that accidentally comes to hand, an old photograph for example might chime or resonate. I then embark on a quest to unlock the essence of the image in a way that is somehow extra-visual. 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."

Lost in Thought: oil and mixed media on canvas: 65 x 53 cms

Last of the Sun: oil on canvas: 76 x 102 cm

The Swimmer: oil on canvas: 100 x 120 cm

Mixed Doubles: egg tempera and oil on wood: 13 x 10 cm

Two People on a Beach: egg tempera and oil on panel: 13 x 10 cm

Holding On: egg tempera and oil on wood: 13 x 10 cm

Before Rain: egg tempera and oil on wood: 10 x 10 cm

Cause For Thought: egg tempera and oil on wood: 13 x 10 cm