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History meets modernity in the work of Gill Storr

08/02/2022

Contemporary mixed-media artist Gill Storr describes her work as ‘deconstructed photography’. Each hand made original piece incorporates multiple layers of a photographic image with a range of mediums - gels and wax, oils and acrylics, decal paper and tissue, even the occasional spray can – to create an almost sculptural, 3d feel. With her signature use of choppy textures and fluid layers, much of Storr’s work focuses on boats and sailing. She was inspired after reconnecting with her family history which revealed the fascinating source of her unspoken affinity for the water. Her Grandfather’s uncle was the King’s Bargemaster in the early 1900s and enjoyed an illustrious career as a professional sculler with connections to Cambridge University Boat Club. A long-standing love affair with New York has always underpinned Gill’s work, and The America’s Cup tied both her inspirations together. The history, the competition and the vibrancy of the race combined to create the perfect muse, but she has since branched out to capture a range of modern yachting scenes. 

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