Irina Kassabova

"My art is based on inspiration from music. In the life of every person, there are some hard moments. Music serves as a healing tool for me, a comfort instrument. It is also an inspiration for a new beginning, a starting point for a recreation of what I see, hear or feel."

Followers - Oil on canvas 24 x 36 in.

“I grew up in Bulgaria and after my MFA graduation from the University of Veliko Tarnovo, I moved to the USA. I also was in debt to my father, who was an artist as well, for giving me a lot of knowledge and inspiration on art. Together we were able to organize two exhibits Father / Daughter, showing our works in Bulgaria and the USA.

Moving, traveling, family grabbed my attention for a while, and I was trying to find myself in art at the same time. I experimented in different mediums, like artist books; suminagashi, collage and wood installation; printmaking and finally charcoal and pastel drawings and oil painting. In the beginning, I worked on a theme of the Earth’s natural history, fascinated to explore the huge skeletons from extinct life and learn how important it is to preserve nature and life forms. I showed my works at The Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, NY and at the Ink Shop Printmaking Center.

With my children growing and introducing my daughter to musical instruments, I revived my own childhood passion for music. I was a piano player. I discovered that it is never too late to learn another instrument, violin as well and my inspiration for my musical theme in my charcoals and oils began. Through the years, I had different ideas within the music theme and I titled my solo exhibits, 'Like Sacred Figures', 'Music House', 'The Luthier', and 'Listen'. I have shown my works at Agora Gallery, NY; Veliko Tarnovo Art Galleries, Bulgaria; and at Community Arts Partnership, at the History Center in Ithaca, NY.”

After Amati - Oil on canvas 30 x 24 in.
To The Luthier - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.
Tuning - Charcoal and pastel 30 x 22 in.
The Luthier III - Charcoal and pastel 40 x 32 in.

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