Lou Storey decided to become an artist all the way back. He studied at Pratt Institute, with Gillian Jagger. He was influenced by famous artists such as Paul Klee, and in life by Ruth McKnight in her basement art classes, which confirmed for him that art could be a lifetime friendship. Lou has exhibited his artwork nationally and his exhibition designs were exhibited internationally.
Lou is the recipient of numerous awards including, the 2015 Arts and Mental Health recognition award, MHA NJ, the 2013, Statue of Responsibility Award “In recognition of promoting the arts” Dallas Texas, the 2012 NJ Artist of the Month, Discovery Jersey Arts , 2010- CPC Behavioral Health Recognition award-providing inspiration in the arts, 2007 to present- awarded Signature Artist status at the Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ. Lou has various published art (journals and publications). He was granted the 2004- Award of Excellence by the American Association of Museums’ 16th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition
"I am always drawn to anything narrative, and I long to live in a world that feels abundant, colorful and playful. In my artwork I make and cast multiple resin shapes of objects and things that for me have personal significance. I play with these various shapes to compose and then paint vibrant patterned pictures that in some way communicate that missing world. A friend of mine once commented, “you don’t look anything like your paintings.” And I responded, “you just aren’t seeing inside me.”
Lou’s primary material is cast resin, which he makes in multiples from clay shapes he has formed and made rubber molds from. His colors come from acrylic paint and pigments. The processes in making his art include forming clay shapes that are then used to make molds so that he can use them to make multiple resin pieces that become the objects in his paintings.
“When I was a kid, sometime in the early 60s, my family was leaving town (again) and a kindly old neighbor whom I adored (everyone thought she was a kook, she and I spent an afternoon one day planting jelly beans in her yard) took me aside, and told me something that she felt was very important and just might save me (she also knew what a mess my home-life was). She took my two hands by the wrist and held them up for me to look at- “Look carefully at these,” she said, “these are your two best friends, and they will be with you wherever you go. No matter how bad things may get, or how sad you may feel, your two best friends will always be with you and will always be ready to help.” I lost touch with her almost immediately after that, but her words have never left me. Making art is the way my two best friends have saved me”