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OLD GUILDFORDIANS spray painting walls in 1982. “You could say that this was the turning point in which I decided to first create artwork in public.” “Take me home” (2016). He left Perth in 1986 to travel and paint, and during that time Stormie formed relationships with many other artists and people. It was this networking that would later lead to the opportunities for his work to expand overseas, to places such as the United States and Scotland. His first solo exhibition was in Perth in 1999 and it was the first time that he had set out to create a show and take painting on a canvas seriously. Since his debut solo exhibition, Stormie has continued his hard work and passion to create a significant expansion of his collector base in Australia and has sold out shows in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. His imaginative works are represented in galleries around Australia as well as his private and public commissions within the streets of Australia, Scotland and the United States. Stormie’s work in The Cullen Hotel in Prahran, Melbourne, was a ground breaking commission with The Street Art Suite, being the first Australian street artist that the Art Series Hotel Group had worked with. His compelling personal story and his passion for his practice has made him a sought after speaker. In 2012 he presented at the world’s most respected design festival, the agIdeas International Design Forum. This led Stormie to be invited by the forum’s creator, Ken Cato, to be one of the 25 artists to create an artwork that celebrated its 25-year history. Stormie’s extensive portfolio has been captured in two beautiful volumes, the first being Proximamente in 2007 and the second being Dwi Yma published in 2013. Stormie describes his art as primarily being about “the exploration of isolation in the context of my own very personal observations of the human condition and what it is that gives people the strength to overcome adversity.” In his work, Stormie’s palette is sharply monochromatic; “black represents dirt, white speaks of erasure, grey is drawn from the cityscape and silver the language of dreams. The works draw on a deep sense of isolation and yet each character seems to carry a message of hope.” His characters have a palpable presence and a sense of humanity, which leads Stormie to highlight that “when art captures the tenderness of the human condition, people connect with it.” Within his workings, Stormie doesn’t seek to impart a specific message on a viewer. He creates his art with the intention to say something to someone else or generate a conversation between people, which gives his practice purpose and has the ability to affect people and ignite change. Aside from art, Stormie has a great interest in motorcycles and vintage cars, having built a hot-rod from scratch. Over the years he has run into a few Old Guildfordians and he enjoyed catching up at the 30-year reunion last year. Stormie’s extensive and successful career has certainly been impressive, making it difficult to single out an exhibition as a favourite or most successful. “I have had some amazing experiences painting some of my artworks and exhibiting in different places, so my favourite is my last exhibition, quickly replaced by my next exhibit