People, Places and Things
…with Tory Irvine 

Tory Irvine is an abstract artist from Belfast, living in Galway with her husband and two children. She studied Fashion Design in NCAD and also worked in Interior Design and as a textile print designer. She is now a full-time artist, working from her small garden studio in Moycullen, creating colourful energetic paintings and collages that express her love for playful creativity, mark making and contrast. Tory is busy preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition of paintings and collages that will run in the Oughterard Courthouse this summer, July 15 th – 24 th and we were excited to chat to her inspirations, accomplishments and love of Galway. 


Describe yourself in three words:

Friendly, passionate, driven.


What is something our readers might not know about you?

My other love, apart from art, is food. I like to talk about it, read cookbooks, watch cooking programmes and ask everyone about what they’re having for dinner. Going out for dinner is my idea of the perfect night out. I’m a cheese over chocolate girl, any day!

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Being led in life by my heart and intuition.


Who is your biggest inspiration?

I can’t name just one! Joni Mitchell, Rupi Kaur, Joan Didion. 


And, my kids, Elsie and Teddy. I want to show them that you can achieve and overcome anything with the right mindset and work ethic. We spend so much time working that being in love with what you do will make you a whole lot happier in your life. I feel so lucky to be able to make art everyday. I want to give them every opportunity to have a life full of happiness and fulfilment.


Tell us something you love about Galway:

The beaches, the skies, the wild weather