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Lou Storey
Long Branch, NJ
Mixed Media

Artwork Details
Say Yes to Life
wood, homosote, acrylic paint, cast plastic shapes, found objects
34" x 28"

"To be identified as a New Jersey Artist is deeply significant to me as I owe much to this state," writes Lou Storey. "I was born in Trenton in 1954, and in my late teens, although poor and on my own, I was able to study art at Mercer County Community College through generous grants and local support. This art training and support given to me by New Jersey allowed me to further my art studies at Pratt institute in New York, where I received a Master of Fine Arts degree. I went on to work in the arts as a museum exhibition designer, a successful and happy career that spanned twenty-five years. At the turn of the century, feeling the need for a change, I returned to school to pursue a career as a therapist at Monmouth University's School of Social Work- one of New Jersey's educational gems situated scenically within a stately campus along the Jersey shore.

"I feel very fortunate to be able to say that I have been exhibiting and selling my artwork nationally for over 30 years and am currently a Signature Artist at the Noyes Museum in Oceanville New Jersey. In her 11/6/09 article on the exhibition 'Social Work Works: Paintings by Lou Storey," Janet Purcell of The Times writes: 'In a dizzying display of artwork, Trenton native Lou Storey uses shapes, symbols and words to get his message across. Be prepared for bright colors, swirling symbols, words, chaos -- and order. The creations hang on the wall in frames, but, even though they comprise painted elements, they are more than paintings. On their surfaces are hand-sculpted, cast shapes and piped embossed lines embedded in thickly applied acrylic pigments. And words. Words that are sometimes painted in as part of the design and words that are built onto the surface of the work, spelled out with plastic letters that Storey casts. And each framed creation has a thought-provoking message.'

"My artwork has always chronicled my life and is a visual manifestation of what is meaningful to me," continues Storey. "My current paintings are inspired from the ideas, concepts and psychological theories that relate to my work as a psychotherapist. Bright colors, intricate patterns and directional motion continue to be my visual vocabulary as I now paint what I see or need to understand in my rewarding life in the field of clinical social worker. I enjoy most forms of art. For me, time spent with art is as rewarding as an intimate conversation with a good friend, or as engaging as a chance encounter with an interesting stranger."

Lou Storey will be exhibiting at:

3rd Annual ArtPride New Jersey Facebook Friends Gallery
August 16 - September 13, 2012
Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts
432 High Street
Burlington, NJ 08016

"Up from the Cracks": Revealing Artists Who May Have Fallen Through
September 1 - November 16, 2012
Shore Institute of Contemporary Art (SICA)
610 Cookman Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ 07712


"Signature Artists"
Noyes Museum of Art
733 Lily Lake Road
Oceanville NJ
September 7, 2012 - November 25, 2012