Richard Storms: can't get there from here
Works in the exhibition
Storms’ new works juxtapose abstract and representational subject matter. Inspired in part by the mid 50's Brazilian Concrete/NeoConcrete abstractionists and by observations of a rapidly changing Toronto cityscape, these works challenge the authority of strict artistic disciplines by creating subtly executed hard-edged compositions and loosely painted scenes of architecture and curtain wall details. Multiple materials are employed including acrylic, enamel, spray paint and ink.
These diverse mediums combined within individual compositions assist in undermining the authority of any particular painting genera while paying attention to the complexities of painting. The range of expressive decisions include: polychrome/fluorescent/monochrome hues and hard-edged, drop shadowed shapes with illusions of space created with liquid and gravity induced materials.
Richard Storms was born in 1954 in Wellington, Kansas and received in MFA from York University, Toronto. He has exhibited widely including solo shows at Mercer Union, Toronto, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Kamloops Art Gallery. He has also shown extensively in group shows, including those at the Power Plant, Museum London, and the Harbourfront Center. He is collected by a number of institutions including TD Bank, the Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, Musee d’Art Contemporian, Montreal, The City of Toronto, and the University of Toronto.