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Ori Toor

Ori Toor

An Abstract Animator | A Bubbly Burst of Color | A Detailed Wonder

Israel’s own Ori Toor grew up with a passion for cartoons and animation. This young artist grew up on Fantasia and watching his mother paint carpet designs with watercolors. His style evolved from a smattering of animated television shows, everything from Looney Tunes to Care Bears, Daria, and Ren and Stimpy. In his current practice, Toor strives to incorporate mundane material into each of his detailed pieces. Music and object are at harmony throughout his work. Such lively rhythms and swirls of color are evident in his GIF animations. In a cozy space with a clear head, Toor digitally composes these kooky and funky designs.

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Toor grew up in Givatayim, Israel. Nowadays, he resides in Tel Aviv, starting his day with a cup of coffee, incorporating a good walk, video game podcasts, and long YouTube breaks. Toor shies away from tactile materials, preferring to create his work digitally.

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Toor prefers to create and exist in cozy spaces. A soft couch, snuggly pets, good snacks, and warm friends—all are elements to his cozy habitats. To bring peace to his mind, Toor strives to clear his mind and cut off the flow of thoughts through breathing and relaxation.

Toor’s inspiration includes a long list of cartoons. He’s moved from Looney Tunes to Road Runner and Care Bears. His teen years were filled with Aeon Flux, The Maxx, Daria, and Ren and Stimpy. As a adult, he still keeps up with Adventure Time and Steven Universe.

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Do you believe in aliens?

“Perhaps some microbes living several light years away.”

Ghosts?

"No, but I’d like to.”

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What is the last dream you can remember?

“There’s a knock on the door, I get up from bed to open it. I ask who is it. The peephole is blocked. No answer, but I assume it's my partner. I open the door and see three huge men, the look like criminals with leather jackets. They give me a little smile and start walking in. I scream and wake up.”

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Your favorite virtue?

“Empathy.”

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Your worst vice?

“I am afraid of everything.”

What is your current frame of mind?

“Weirdly anxious, for no particular reason. But maybe I’m hungry.”

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Toor spends his night with his partner and friends, watching television and eating crap. This helps to fuel what he calls his “happy accident”–based artwork.

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What is your idea of happiness?

“Wooden walls, a lamp, nighttime, winter, tea, fuzzy cat, my hoodie, and chill hip-hop music playing.”

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What’s one piece of advice you’d offer to your younger self?

“Draw like no one will ever see your art.”

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If not yourself, who would you be?

“A rich person’s cat.”

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For a creative break in your day, follow Ori Toor on Instagram.

@oritoor

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