Gayle Storey’s paintings and prints evoke a sense of beauty. She began her studies at the University of Bath (1995) , before studying on the MA at University of Creative Arts at Canterbury (2001).
Gayle Storey’s art work has been featured in International Publications and Journals. Working with a range of multidisciplinary practices: Sculpture, Printmaking and Painting. Gayle’s work is a paradox between the past and present.
“My current work is founded on the works of Ernst Haeckel, via the permission and collaboration with Diane M. Rielinger Co-Director MBLWHOI Library, MA USA. I have been able to emit a dialogue between the lapsed historical work of Haeckel and my own contemporary genre. Expression and simulation resonate within my work, to create powerful collaborations, decadent and stunning images, extending the perimeters of Fine Art. The use of fragile broken marks upon the surface creates a parallel between the morphic resonance of a bird’s spirit and the fragility of life. Cloned images of Ernst’s works are embedded and encased with opulent oil paints. Ornate beaded embellishments
are carefully placed upon the canvas, gilding the work to a level of richness.
On initial review of “Lyrical Discourse, After Ernst Haeckel” depicts a utopia of beauty, but on greater reflection the corresponding signifiers are intricacies of social structures and boundaries. The images of the birds are cloned and yet still create differences, placed within alternative settings, they evoke emotive dialogues, which denote scenes of life and the passing of time. The vibrant colours resonate a link to the past opulence and deity. The beaded roses over the canvas are used to represent the sovereignty of English heritage and a rhetorical ambiguous imperialism salute to historical barbarism, that British heritage is founded upon. This ornate line of opulence represents humanities spirit of reality, keeping the viewer very much in the realm of the observer and detached from entering in. The beading acts as a visual cage or net around the canvas, trapping in the birds and ultimately the viewer from ascension.”- Gayle Storey
Gayle Storey has recently produced a series of Limited Edition Silk Screen Prints whilst on the AA2A Artist in Residency at the University of Bedfordshire. All art images derived from organic structures taken from the artist’s own garden. Using vibrant colour combinations, her screenprints are visually engaging and powerful.
The methodology of her working is to create the new colour combinations, through the intentional overlapping and miss alignment of colours, over-laid onto the surface of the print, giving depth to the pictures.
Gayle Storey uses the screen printing process like a camera; turning an object into a negative screen then back into a positive print. Once the image is captured onto the Silk Screen a printed picture is created through layering different screens on top of the previous colours, creating unique new pigments, new patterns and shapes upon the surface.