“The everyday world has become less poetic than the inner world. Artists can help to explain this dilemma. They must.”
(American, b. 1933)
For Inez Storer, searching through artifacts for source material, be it paper images, objects or even sporadic short journeys to the ocean near where she lives, is a way of accessing her process and painting procedure. This exploration informs her work and often leads her to return to her own personal history. Storer’s upbringing was filled with many persistent secrets and untold stories – the result of growing up in a household full of mystery with parents who came from Europe and wanted to “erase” and assimilate. Creating art from these earliest memories is a way of making up her own visual stories as she processes her past and her identity.
Storer was born in 1933 in Santa Monica, California. She studied at the Art Center in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of California at Berkeley, and the San Francisco College for Women, ultimately receiving her B.A. from Dominican University in San Rafael, California in 1970, and received her M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1971.
Storer’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, the Lannan Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, the San Jose Museum of Art, and the de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University. She has been awarded solo exhibitions consistently thorough the United States at institutions such as the Reno Museum of Art, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Monterey Museum of Art, the Fresno Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Missoula Museum of Art, Montana, and The National Museum of Jewish History, Philadelphia. She has also been included in numerous group exhibitions throughout the country. Storer taught at the San Francisco Art Institute (1981 – 1999), Sonoma State University (1976 – 1988), San Francisco State University (1970 – 1973), and the College of Marin (1968 – 1979). She has received numerous grants and awards, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 1999, and has worked twice as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome (1997, 1996).