As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, we are honouring the gallery’s history by paying tribute to a few of the over 500 artists who have shown at GPAG during the past 40 years. We are particularly interested in revisiting the careers of artists with deep roots in the community. Tim Storey is one of those artists and we are pleased to feature his work at GPAG in the retrospective, A Talent to Amuse.
Born in England, Storey spent his childhood and youth in Grimsby. After attending Sheridan College in the early 1970’s, he and his partner established a studio near Jordan.
Storey’s first major exhibition was in the Grimsby Public Art Gallery around 1980. Snap, our large ceramic dragon on permanent display just outside the gallery’s main doors, was purchased for the collection at this time. Storey eventually moved on to the Madawaska area and continued his very successful career. He is particularly well known for his animal and fantasy themed tea-pots, which are featured in numerous significant Canadian and international collections.
Storey’s work was very popular in our region during the late 1970’s and 1980’s; a number of regional collectors who acquired pieces at that time have generously lent them to GPAG for this exhibition. Each piece is an individual character and every collector seems to have a delightful story about how each piece, like a beloved pet, became an integral part of their family.
While still a student at Sheridan, Storey discovered the power of incorporating humour into his art, and says that “even as a student … I did not seem to have the need, the vision, or quite possibly the talent to create pieces of remarkable beauty or significance. I could, however, make people stop, look, and laugh. I am still having fun with clay and people are still laughing.
We look forward to brightening your day during A Talent to Amuse. The artist will be present at the opening reception, Sunday September 13th, 2 – 4 p.m. and will give an artist’s talk on the final day of the exhibition Sunday October 18th. Please join us for either or both of these events – and prepare to be amused.