About

My work is concerned with what Norman Bryson terms ‘looking at the overlooked’: small, humble objects, some of them family heirlooms, but most collected from antique shops, flea markets and car boot sales. I am particularly drawn to objects that carry with them the marks of their past: the dented, scratched, chipped, rusty and careworn.

I position my objects as if they were silent players on a stage – lighting is a key part of the arrangement and I use it to convey a particular aura and to give each ‘actor’ as much presence as possible.

I use the tropes of still life painting, yet I prefer to think of these paintings as portraits of things, a celebration of their unknown history, of the countless unseen hands through which they have passed. Things that might be about to divulge all their secrets about when, and what, and who.

My work is in private collections throughout the UK, and in the US, Canada and South Africa.

All works are for sale unless otherwise stated. Please email me for details at toridayart@icloud.com or use the 'Contact' section of this website.