David Storey’s Artistic Process

Published 30 August 2017

David Storey has an upcoming show ‘The Edge of Night’ in our Pall Mall gallery. Here's an interesting insight into his artistic process. To see the full exhibition follow this link to our website David Storey - 'The Edge of Night' 

"I never know where my next idea will come from but invariably I stumble across something which stimulates and excites me. It’s as if an ancient bell starts to toll quietly in the back of my mind alerting me to something with potential and setting me off on a journey of development and discovery. I start by producing a series of thumbnail sketches exploring the composition and content of the picture. Then I make a series of studies where I try to free the image that’s trapped in the back of my mind."

"This process can take anything from 5 days to 5 years before a kind of alchemical transformation occurs in which things seem to harmonise of their own accord and in a way that can be very rewarding."

"Wherever possible I paint using my fingers, palette knives and rags instead of brushes. Working this way delivers I think a much more expressive result in which I can create a fuller range of tones, colours, textures and lines."

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