Tory Burke 

Australian artist Tory Burke is renowned for her contemporary oil paintings and experimental use of textured mixed media. While studying Art and Design at Melbourne School of Art during the 1990’s, Tory began developing her unique aesthetic style. 

Tory has always been inspired by the environment, having previously studied horticulture  specialising in indigenous flora and fauna, she is an artist whose work is grounded in observation.  Her artwork features flowers, still life, trees, seascapes, landscapes and an array of exotic birds, breathing life into every canvas. 

Her recent series titled ‘Sea Glimpses’ draws inspiration from Tory’s love of Australian beaches and the belief that a glimpse of the beauty of the ocean has the power to highten your senses and take your breath away. Each original artwork in this beautifully curated collection depicts a quintessential scene of Australian seaside life, captured in a considered colour palette, culminating in delightful authentic waterfront landscapes. 

Taking inspiration from the still life paintings of Australian modernist painter Margaret Preston, Tory began creating unique works combining Australian ceramics with oil on Italian linen as a medium in her artwork. Designing  a 3D sculptural effect, utilising the signature ‘Johnston of Australia’ and Australian ceramics, Tory meticulously shapes the pieces of porcelain, transforming them into the likeness of a bird’s feathers or the delicate petals of a flower. These beautiful collage works are a culmination of the artist’s meticulous eye for colour, texture and design. 

Tory is also the Creative Director of Studio Elwood, an Australian art brand that creates accessible and original limited-edition art prints. Studio Elwood’s pieces have featured in Vogue Living, Australian Home Beautiful, Inside Out and The Age and Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend.

Her commissions are featured in private homes and corporate offices across the country.

Pink Flowers with Black Round Vase

At first glance you see a modern 'Still Life' oil painting. When you take a closer look a mixed media artwork is apparent including hand shaped ceramics and glass ware. The pink flowers are made from 'Johnson of Australia' plates chosen for its ioconic heritage and also the fact that the inside of the plate is the same colour as the glaze on the outside. The black centre of the flower is from a glass shell platter found in a local Opportunity shop.


Close Up image of the hand shaped Pink Flowers.

The original 'Johnson of Australia' plates used in the design.

More Flowers and Foliage Artworks >

Sea scapes and Rockpools Artworks >

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