Tori Day paints portraits of ‘overlooked’ objects: humble, everyday things that have a past unknown to her, as they’ve all been collected from flea markets and car boot sales.
Lighting is of central importance in the compositions and she uses it to elevate the objects with their secret histories, transforming bric a brac into precious artefacts, and celebrating the generations of unseen hands through which they have passed.
Tori’s preferred medium is oil on canvas or wooden panel, and importantly she always works directly from life. Her influences include the Dutch still life painters of the seventeenth century, as well as Chardin, Cotán, Morandi, Zurbarán, and many contemporary painters whose work is also concerned with ‘the overlooked’.
Her work is in private collections throughout the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and South Africa.