In Windows

about Sally Storch

Every face, every shop, bedroom window, public‐house, and dark square is a picture
feverishly turned
— in search of what?

Virginia Woolf

For more than a couple of decades Sally Storch has been a revered painter. The driving force in her paintings is the ability as a storyteller. Her work offers a pure vision of ordinary characters alone in the world, unsentimentally portrayed. Her paintings are made up of intricate scenarios, each person living their own tale. She allows them to go about their private lives, while we, as viewers, unravel the narrative. There are suggested scenes, stories unfinished, which create visions of tension, even suspense.

She used to drive around and enjoy seeing inside people’s windows, and wonder about the stories going on in there.

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“You know how you’ll be driving around at night and you see something and it just thrills you. So I see a vision and it’s loose to begin with. I might see a corner in New York and think, “I love that corner. When would the light hit it in just such a way?” And I’ll go back and photograph it in the morning light or afternoon light. And then I’ll do a study in oil, detailed, and it’s a smaller version and sometimes people who can’t afford a big painting end up buying the little painting.

I think I’m displaced in the times we live. I think it’s just an era that I respond to. I’m not doing it to be nostalgic. It feels like a timeless place to go. I think what I’m looking for is simplicity. I also like painting part of our world that’s disappearing.

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Sally comes from an artistic family with roots in the Paris school of the early Twentieth Century. Her great aunt Bertha Rihani lived and painted in Paris during the 1920’s and kept the company of Henri Matisse and in particular Kees Van Dongen. Another aunt, painter Stephanie Stockton, attended The Art Students League in New York and apprenticed with John Steuart Curry in the 1930’s. Storch spent a great deal of time with both aunts, and both of these women painters were particularly influential to her as a young girl.

American Art in the early twentieth century was, to a great extent, about Regionalism and naturalistic presentation of American life with artists like Edward Hopper and Thomas Hart Benton. Storch cites these artists as great inspirations. She combines this style with that of the early Ash Can and Regionalist schools of New York to create passionate contemporary paintings that incite feelings of timelessness and romance. She currently lives and works in Pasadena.

Night Train

excerpts from Sally Storch’s Interview thanks to
Stephen Jared


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