Irina Howard

“I am fascinated by the form and texture existing in nature and inspired to translate their meaning, unique purpose, and beauty in relation to human experiences. Each artwork is a deliberate effort to communicate ideas that create self-discovery moments leading to a thoughtful discussion.”

Representation of Life - Sculpting wires, papier-mache, modeling compound, paint 18 x 12 x 10 in.

Irina began drawing early in life as a means of dealing with personal and family tragedies. In her early works, she created stirring, dramatic images of a woman's experiences filled with insecurity and discrimination. She was born in the former Soviet Union. Negative connotations from injustice and helplessness made her shout out to society, destroying pure souls. Raised on classical literature and arts, she came to a personal belief that the artist has no right to contribute more pain to the world still full of struggle and despair.

Motivated by this belief, she stopped drawing for numerous years until her passion for the arts took over. She obtained an art education (Bachelor of Arts) and began her career as an artist in 2015. Her multi-talented nature manifests in everything she creates. Focusing on paintings and sculptures, Irina explored different styles and began developing her artistic language with elements of non-representational art related to her spiritual and philosophical views.

"I am fascinated by the forms and textures existing in nature. My inspiration is to translate their meaning, unique purpose, and beauty in relation to human experiences. 

My favorite medium is oil paint that extends the expressive ability to create. For sculpture, I enjoy working with clay. I also use sculpting metal wires, modeling compounds, and other materials that help me to explore different textures.

Each artwork is a deliberate effort to communicate ideas that create moments of self-discovery leading to a thoughtful discussion. The most magical journey begins with a brush in my hand and imagination to bring the visual poetry to life, a narrative of my own story, or emphasize the importance of human values.

I invite the viewer to feel the motion, rhythm, and energy of artwork, identify the visual metaphor and experience a new expansive perspective of the imaginary world."

Addiction - Oil on canvas 40 x 1.5 x 30 in.
Patterns of Life - Oil on canvas 24 x 1.5 x 24 in.
Nostalgia - Oil on canvas 36 x 1.5 x 48 in.
Hope - Oil on canvas 40 x 1.5 x 30 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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