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My current project, un•r:emark•a•ble, at Gallery Jones, is a study in domesticity, reflecting on both personal experiences and universal observations of daily life. These new paintings are an evolution from my solo exhibition, Common, presented at Birch Contemporary, Toronto in 2016. That work explored the density and relative blandness of our urban environment through representations of building projects and condo architecture, juxtaposed to the ubiquity of our avian co-inhabitants. The work at Gallery Jones continues this fascination with finding “worthwhile” subjects in the ordinary and the ignored. It draws on our domestic, social, urban and natural experiences encountered as they are in day to day living. With the aim of exploring the power and possible range of imagery regarding perceived “small subjects” of daily existence, the exhibit will include a number of painted portraits of dogs alongside work created while on a recent residency in Newfoundland. The new works are inspired by the experience of participating in and observing local domestic scenes in this rural setting. Today, snapshots of daily life are often catalogued through the medium of photography and shared and multiplied across a number of online platforms. This ubiquity of imagery presence adds to a conception of enhancing this new sense of visual “ordinariness”. un•re:mark•a•ble groups subject clusters and explores patterns in the imagery through painting. Using a form of serial, connected representations while moving areas of the work towards abstraction, overt narrative has been avoided through simplifying figure-ground relationships, concentrating instead on particularities and commonalities in each subject’s work. This includes a focus on including unpainted areas in the pieces to challenge the more representational elements of the paintings. My aim is to give ‘ordinary’ subjects greater weight and resonance through the power of painting as medium, with the presence to elevate material considered banal or ubiquitous, through its long associations of painting as a high art medium. The work creates therefore the possibilities of an exploration of representation itself by exploring relationships to subject and to painting through these conscious explorations of what might otherwise be ‘overlooked’.
Born Wellington, Kansas and lives Toronto, Canada since 1981
Lives: Toronto, Ontario EDUCATION Studied: Digital Media Studios, Business Applications in Desktop Publishing, Toronto, 1997 York University, Toronto, Master of Fine Arts, 1983 University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1981 EXHIBITIONS Selected Solo2019 - Gallery Jones, Vancouver, un•re:mark•a•ble 2017 - Birch Contemporary, Toronto, Common 2014 - Birch Contemporary, Toronto, can’t get there from here 2012 - Birch Libralato Gallery Toronto, 2012 Howard Park Institute, Toronto, Cool Hand 2011 - Gallery Jones, Vancouver, B.C., Richard Storms, Selected Paintings 2010 - Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, Moment of Inertia 2007 - Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, New Works 2006 - Birch Libralato Gallery, Toronto, dogs, birds, a goose… 2003 - Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, Semi Suprematist 2001 - Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, low_res 1999 - Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, OS 1998 - 360, The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto: flatland: mappaintings 1992 to 1996 1997 - Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto: applied science 1996 - Woodstock Art Gallery, Ontario: Sign Not Read 1995 - Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia: Points of Interest, traveling exhibition including the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario - Lynnwood Art Centre, Simcoe, Ontario 1992 - Gallery 101, Ottawa, Ontario: Ra Ra Ra 1984,91 - Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Toronto (six solo exhibitions) 1985 - Art Gallery of Northumberland, Cobourg, Ontario 1983 - Mercer Union, Toronto: ConstructionsSelected Group2018 - Birch Contemporary, Toronto, An Alternate Landscape 2016 - Centrum Kultury Zamek, Poznan, Poland, Crescendo ff, video projections with Dobrochna Zubek, cello - Gallery Jones, Vancouver, UNFOLD, REBUILD, Jeff Depner & Richard Storms 2015 - Birch Contemporary, Toronto, New Monuments Forget the Future 2013 - The Power Plant, Toronto, Micah Lexier, One, and Two, and More Than Two 2011 - Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough, Inbetween 2009 - Museum London, Ontario, A(l)lure of the Local 2005 - Gallerie Andreas Koch, Berlin, Germany, Berlin/Toronto Gallery Exchange, - Big Show, Toronto 2002 - Robert Birch Gallery, Toronto, Gallery Hours 2001 - John C. Monroe Hamilton International Airport, Ontario, travelogue 1998/99- Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario: Extra Ordinary 1998 - The Loggia Gallery, Koffler Centre of the Arts: the edge of everything - Art Gallery of North York, Ontario: THE WORD IN CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART - Harbourfront Centre, Toronto: Neighbourhood Watch 1997 - Mercer Union, Toronto: Pseudonymes and Similarities 1995 - The Power Plant, Torornto: The Table Project - Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario: The Tourist - McIntosh Gallery, London, Ontario, A Sense of Place 1994 - 59 Adelaide Street East, Toronto: Mud - Mercer Union, Toronto: What's Required: Natalie Olanick & Richard Storms2PRINCIPLE COLLECTIONS Private and public collections including:Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia Tom Thomson Memorial Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario University of Alberta, Edmonton Art Gallery of Peel, Brampton, Ontario Ministry of Government Services, Toronto Musée d’Art Contemporian, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Ontario Petro-Canada, Calgary, Alberta Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa Department of External Affairs, Ottawa Davies, Ward & Beck, Toronto Tory, Tory, DesLauriers and Binnington, Toronto Weir and Foulds, Toronto Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto City of Toronto, Ontario McCarthy Tetrault Barristors & Solicitors, Toronto Toronto Dominion Bank, Toronto TransCanada Pipelines, Toronto Canada Building Supplies, Toronto Xerox of Canada, Toronto O.M.E.R.S., Toronto Nova Corporation, Calgary Citibank Canada, Toronto Corus Entertainment, Toronto McMillan Binch, Toronto Gowlings, Toronto Bank of Montreal, Toronto University of Toronto, Scarborough Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto Museum London, OntarioACADEMIC Contractual teaching positions in painting and drawing: 1989 - 1996, York University, Toronto, 1995/1996, Atkinson College, York University, Toronto 1995, University of Guelph, Ontario 1994/1995, Toronto School of Art 1993, Bishops University, Lennoxville Quebec 1986 & 1987, University of Victoria, British ColumbiaVISITING ARTIST Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia University of Guelph, Ontario Emily Carr College of Art & Design, Vancouver, B.C. Bishops University, Lennoxville, Quebec Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario Toronto School of Art Dundas Valley School of Fine Arts, Dundas, Ontario York University, Toronto Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario Rodman Hall, St. Catharines Art Association, Ontario Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario University of Victoria, British Columbia George Brown College, Toronto Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto University of British Columbia, Vancouver McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario University of Toronto, OntarioSELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 2015 - Lear, Rowan. New Monuments Forget the Future, Luis Jacob, Eva Kolcze, Howard Lonn, James Nizam, Richard Storms and Renée Van Halm. Curated by Rebecca Travis, Birch Contemporary, Toronto. This is Tomorrow, Contemporary Arts Magazine, London, SE1 8HA, U.K. - Luo, Amy and Morgan-Fier, Caoimhe. Canadian Art’s Picks from Papier15 Preview, “Richard Storms at Birch Contemporary’s Booth”, Canadian Art, April 24, 2015 2010 - Dault, Gary Michael. “Richard Storms at Birch Libralato”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, May 12011 2007 - Dault, Gary Michael. “All the news that’s fit to paint”, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, December 1 The Magenta Foundation, Carte Blanche Vol 2. Painting, published 2008 2006 - Dault, Gary Michael. ‘Exbibit A: Still In Kansas’,The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Feburary 173- Dault, Gary Michael. ‘Richard Storms, Birch Libralato, Toronto’, Candian Art, summer 2006, vol 23, Number 2, p.10 2002 - Penaloza, Ci Ci. ‘Hours of Ideas’, NOW, Toronto, February 14-20, vol. 21, Number 24, p. 69 2001 - Dault, Gary Michael. The Globe and Mail, November 2 - Hanna, Deirdre. ‘Pop purpose’, NOW, Toronto, December 6-12, vol. 21, Number 14, p.82 1999 - MacKay, Gillian. ‘Painter mixes oil and cyberspace’, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, December 4, 1999, p. R14 1998 - Hanna, Deirdre. "Towering view reveals Storms", NOW, Toronto, March 19-25, vol 17, Number 29, p. 71 (review) - MacKay, Gillian. "Richard Storms at the CN Tower", The Globe and Mail, Toronto, February 28, p. c11 - Poplak, Lewis. Designers Talk, CKLN - FM, Toronto, March 5. (interview) - Perdue, Jane. Art On Air, CJRT - FM, Toronto, February 26. (on-air review) - Fabo, Andy. The Charting of Painting, 360, The Restaurant at the CN Tower (brochure) 1997 - Massier, John. Pseudonyms and Similarities, Lola, no. 1, p. 72 (review) 1996 - Larsen, Anna-Marie. Sign Not Read, Woodstock Art Gallery, Ontario (brochure) 1995 - Hunter, Andrew. Points of Interest, Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia (catalogue) 1994 - Storms, Richard. TERMINAL, (self published book project) - Girling, Oliver. "The big picture", Eye Weekley, Toronto, November 24, p. 46-47 - The American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York, vol. 12, no. 2 and no. 4, (cover project) - Clark, Moira. What's Required, Mercer Union, Toronto (brochure) - Girling, Oliver. "Not boring at all", Eye Weekley, Toronto, April 14, p. 34 - Hume, Christopher. "Painting By Numbers", Toronto Star, April 14, p. C4 1993 - Critoph, Mark. "The Typography of Art", Studio, March/April, vol. 11, no.2, p. 20-24, 53 1992 - Taylor, Kate. "Shaping A New Language", The Globe And Mail, Toronto, February 28, p. C7 1991 - Holubizky, Ihor. "Private Eye: Richard Storms investigates the vocabulary of paint.", Canadian Art, Summer, vol. 8, no. 2, p. 54-57 1988 - Viau, Rene. "Toronto: La Pure er la Richissime", Beaux Arts, June, no. 58, p. 100-104 1987 - Carpenter, Ken. Art Post, April/May, p. 11 1986 - Sinclair, Richard. Vanguard, February/March, p. 57 - Webb, Marshall. "Read: Landscape", C Magazine, Toronto, no. 9, p. 57 - Armstrong, John. Romantic Landscape Now", Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario (catalogue) 1985 - West, Anne. Richard Storms/ Paintings, Glendon Gallery, Toronto, (brochure) - Bice, Megan. Toronto Now, Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery, Ontario (catalogue) - Mays, John Bentley. "New painting's retreat from convention", The Globe and Mail, Toronto, November 30, p. E7 1984 - Mays, John Bentley. "Richard Storms at Wynick/Tuck Gallery", The Globe and Mail, Toronto, November 15, p. E6Richard Storms is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto and Gallery Jones, Vancouver
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