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David Storey at Thomas and Paul

 David Storey, Couple on a Beach, Oil on Canvas.

Exhibition preview

DAVID Storey, former artist to Rocket Records and 2 tone, will be opening his solo exhibition Heart and Soul at London’s Thomas and Paul Gallery, where it will be on display from April 9 to May 17, 2014.

Works on show will include Storey’s painting The Conversation, which is the recent record cover for the Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott album What have we become.

Storey deals in memories and haunted dreams. Half glimpsed faces or abstracted figures create a deliberate buffer from reality. Atmospheric paintings play with the viewer’s sense of time.

In some paintings, we see an environment and setting that we might feel at home in as adults today. In others we see extracts of our own childhoods or that of our parents and grand-parents: identities formed from old family photographs.

David Storey has in recent years been a Threadneedle Art Prize finalist and in close running for the 2013 Saatchi Bright Lights Bright City Prize. He is also responsible for creating the iconic designs for the cult record label, 2 tone Records, including Madness and The Specials AKA.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6pm; Saturday, 11am to 3pm

Thomas and Paul Gallery, 20 Bristol Gardens, Maida Vale, London, W9 2JQ