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Burke, Tory - Artist

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Location: Melbourne, Australia

Tory Burke studied at Melbourne School of Art under Robert Gill,1992-1995. She has a passion for art and the aesthetic. She loves Australia, especially the native flora and fauna, and has also studied horticulture. She is inspired by all shapes, forms and objects especially the Australian environment and its species.

Tory paints with the trained traditional method of oil on canvas and linen. She has developed interesting techniques including the use of the palate knife, dripping of glazes, and scratching into the canvas. Her inspiration is so infectious that she has been using recycled timber as a surface, the grain of the wood depicting the form and subject matter. This can be seen in her Wood Blocks series.

Many objects inspire her. Shells collected from local beaches become the feathers of birds. This can be seen in the Budgie and White Cockatoo. The Kookaburra is made from a broken plate. She found a 'Johnson of Australia' retro style plate in a second hand thrift shop on seeing the design she immediatly saw the eye and wing of a kookaburra. The liberating smashing of the crockery broke through to form the Kookaburra.

She loves trees. The huge Styx trees of Tasmania are one of the largest hardwood trees in the world. The Pandanus native to Queensland and Asia, the Boab of the Kimberley and the simple native gum tree have all been an inspiration for a long period. Every tree has a spirit for her that she portrays in the most simplest form.

"Recently I have had an exhibition 'Beautiful Birds'. The exhibition was an adventure, packed with the smell of the sea, twinkling chandeliers, unusual blue trees, and beautiful birds. It was a very special night seeing many friends and long lasting clients... the support was over whelming... "

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