Tory Bryant, groton, Ct Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement Tory Bryant’s objective in painting is not to be limited to the drawing alone. She expresses emotion and observation through the exploration of color. Tory’s intention is to manipulate the viewer’s perception of the image. Her color and paint application create the illusion of clarity at distances while retaining elusive qualities up-close.
As a young child growing up in Canterbury, Connecticut, Tory Bryant showed an early flair for Art and received regular and expert encouragement from her mother. Tory’s early inspirations sprung from seemingly unlikely sources, such as matchbox cars, marbles, yo-yos and candy. She began her formal study at Norwich Free Academy and continued her education at Lyme Academy of Fine Arts. At the Academy she majored in Oil Painting and received a BFA in 1999. While at College she took the summers to travel with backpack and easel through the greens of Europe. Upon graduating, Tory broadened her knowledge of art by attending the Arts Students League in New York City. She also trained in graphic design.
Tory Bryant is very vigorous in her art she is previously working on a multitude of projects ranging from oil painting commissions to book Illustrations. Tory has been working with an author for over ten years creating the characters he imagines. Tory is also working on a project in conjunction with the Town of Brooklyn, replacing Two wolf heads at the base of a war hero’s monument, formally sculpted by Karl Gerhardt in the 1877. She is posted to start this commission in several months.
Tory is a participant in the Urban Artists Initiative program which draws artists from a wide variety of cultural and economic backgrounds throughout the State of Connecticut, funded by the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. Recently Tory Bryant was awarded Best in show at the UAI’s Southeast Region Exhibition. This favorable recognition created the opportunity for her to show at the Bradley International Airport entitled Destination Connecticut Arts: ‘Visionary Landscapes’, one of nine artists selected. Tory has a multitude of projects she is working on and continues to create a name for herself as an artist.