Threadneedle Prize finalist David Storey is a British figurative painter. His psychologically charged paintings are an exploration of memory, with half-remembered people and places emerging from complex layers of texture and colour. David says, "An idea can come from anywhere: TV, books, the internet etc. I then embark on a process of unlocking the idea through a series of sket...ches and experiments. This journey of development and discovery can take anything from 5 days to 5 years until a kind of alchemy takes place and things seem to harmonise of their own accord in a way that can be very rewarding. I paint in an expressionistic way using rags and sponges because the physical marks and textures are a fundamental element of what I am trying to achieve. The challenge for me though is to retain an economy of execution – an effortless effort."