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David Storey (artist)

2012 Threadneedle finalist David Storey (born 2 August 1954, Workington, Cumbria, England) is a British painter and graphic artist. Known initially for his stark 'Moholy Nagy' inspired album covers and particularly his work for the 2-Tone record label (1979–1985).


David Storey spent his childhood in the dramatic landscape of the English Lake District before going on to study art at London's Hornsey Art College (now Middlesex University). He began working in the music industry in 1977, when he joined Sir Elton John's label, The Rocket Record Company, as a designer from 1977 to 1979.

Storey then moved to Chrysalis Records (1979–1984) first as a designer and later as art director. His best known work from this period is the bold, innovative and influential designs he produced for the cult group The Specials and their record label 2-Tone (created under the direction of Jerry Dammers).

In 1986, David Storey became a founding member of the innovative and highly successful The Bureaux. This landmark collective of 20 artists and designers worked from a warehouse in London's Clerkenwell district.

His work has since featured in numerous exhibitions including shows at: The Mall Galleries; Cultivate, Vyner Street Gallery; The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery; and The Gallery in Cork Street. In 2012 David was a Threadneedle Prize finalist.

David Storey is married with a son and step daughter, and lives in Leighton Buzzard just north of London, England.


  • 1. Sent from Coventry: The Chequered Past of Two Tone by Richard Eddington, ISBN 0-9539942-5-2

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