Allan Storer

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." Erich Fromm

Allan Storer paints in Cornwall, London and Wales. His work embraces abstract and figurative styles, painted in thick impasto oil, on large canvases with palette knives and squeegees. He says, "the power and texture of oil paint applied with a palette knife or squeegee, dictates I loosen up and chance plays a significant role"!

Consistent with his postgraduate studies in psychology and surrealism, his consequent therapeutic work in the mental health and education professions, Storer's working methodology is a faith in the artistic principle of creativity, as a fundamental coping device for healthy everyday living.

The impasto palette knifed works of Sir Kyffin Williams and the squeegee paintings of Gerhard Richter influence Storer's work. In particular Richter's polemic that "almost every work of art is an analogy" appeals to his sense of what it is to be human.

"Art is making sense and giving shape to that sense. It is like the religous search for God." Gerhard Richter


"Storer's paintings are fluent, dynamic and exciting, resulting from a working method that is arduous, challenging and energetic." Charles Aston

 

Allan Storer's CV


"Though I sang like the sea in my chains"
Dylan Thomas

Born in the UK, theoretical specialism : Surrealism.
Area of interest and work is the psycho dynamic principles involved in the process of Art and Education.

Education

Master of Arts, Chelsea School of Art, London
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wales
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, Kings College

Postgraduate Research Mentor Professor Toshio Watanabe

The Psychological Theories of Professors Freud and Jung and Twentieth Century Surrealism’s Impact upon the Creative Principle and Individual Development; both Socially and Artistically.

Papers

• Redefinition of Surrealism-Objective Chance-Second Manifesto-Relevance of Jung.
• Spirit "Surrealisme" England.
• Picasso, Ambiguity and Minotaur.
• A Rethink of Surrealism: Leonora Carrington and Jung:
• Perception of Self, Life and World - Our Only True Sense of Reality?

Past

• Director, Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea
• Director; English Language School, London
• Assistant Dean of Students, International University, London
• Head of Department, SEN School, London Borough of Ealing
• Complex Needs Unit, Surrey. Working with young people of secondary school age in an educational and therapeutic environment

Extra Curricular

Hesketh Hubbard Drawing Society
Princes Drawing School.
Slade School of Fine Art.
St. Ives Painting School.
Member British Federation of Artists.

Exhibited with

• AAardvark Gallery,Shropshire, American National Rugby Play Offs (USA); Art House Gallery St. Ives, Cornwall; A K Lambert, Chelsea, London. Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London
• Bayswater Road Artist Association, London; Bedford Park Arts Festival, London, Birmingham NEC;
• Glynn Vivian Art Gallery; Swansea;
• Landmark Gallery London; Leadenhall Elevated Art Fair, London, Loplop Studio, Twickenham; Llangollen International Pavilion.
• Marriott Hotel, Cardiff; Mumbles Road Gallery, Swansea;
• Nostalgia Gallery, London; National Trust, Rhossili Gower,
• Par ici Gallery London; Picture House Gallery Padstow;
• Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London;
• Saltmarshe Gallery Cardiff; Salubrious Gallery, Swansea; Tate, Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall, Charity Auction. Tros Gynnal Art Exhibition, Swansea Museum;
• Up Front Rugby Fashion,Covent Garden, London,
• Washington Gallery, Penarth
• Wimbledon Artist Opens Studios,
• World Rugby Museum, Twickenham, London;
• Other various UK Galleries

Collections

Badger Brewery; Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee USA ; Rugby Football Union(RFU);
Stoney Brooke University, Pennsylvania USA. Wetherspoons Brewery, National Collection of Paintings in Public Ownership, BBC

Articles and Reviews

Artist and Illustrators Magazine; Cardiff University Magazine; South Wales Evening Post
Times Papers
National Collection of Paintings in Public Ownership, BBC
Subject of student thesis work

 

 

 

 

 

© All images are copyright Allan Storer