San Francisco

Inez Storer

Jeremy Stone Gallery

Inez Storer exhibited sumptuous mixed-media installments here, all from 1989, in what might be called her “Voyage of Self and Marriage” cycle. The paintings show male and female figures pitched against elemental vistas, predominantly, air and sea. The figures, with their sharply planed contours, have the individual, hieratic fixity of footprints; the elements—bright, busy air, darkly tossing sea—are all a matter of flux, so that each scene unwinds with a natural-looking, tousled continuity. The overall approach is personal and operatic, with images that have washed up plush from the artist’s soul.

Within a single canvas, Storer’s juicy colors vary in thickness and texture. There are sun-dried whites, acidy and powder blues, incinerated grays, aching red smears, and a blushful pink as gritty as brick. Other variances include bits of collage—old chintz lengths and chromos of birds, flowers,

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