David Storey, 1933 - 2017

David Storey

It is with great sadness that we heard the news of the death of the acclaimed author and playwright David Storey. Born and brought up in Wakefield he was a true polymath – playing professional rugby for Leeds whilst studying fine art at the Slade school in London, writing highly acclaimed novels and plays while creating throughout his life a significant body of drawings and paintings.

Last year The Hepworth Wakefield was honoured to work with David’s family to display for the first time over 400 small-scale drawings created by David in the latter years of his life. It introduced his wide-ranging creativity, nurtured in Wakefield, to a large new audience. Our thoughts are with David’s family at this emotional and difficult time. He leaves a very significant artistic legacy of which Yorkshire and the whole country can be proud.