Irina Lapin

Gulfport, Florida, United States

Biography

Art school times three, but a degree in politics.
Worked in advertising, making big budget TV commercials, but not an art director.
Created art for years, but not focused on being an artist.
But, all that is my context which led to now.

As a small, precocious, non-English speaking child I frequently escaped the real world into Russian fairy tales with their rich and fantastical imagery and ornate, elegant illustrations.
I loved looking at the beautiful things found on my mother's dresser. It was my augmented reality. I was fascinated with color, texture, design, arrangement and order. When I was a kid, I colored inside the lines by my own choice.
Today my work uses found, provocative images to create small, precise, juxtaposed tableaus that come together to evoke curiousity, amusement and emotion. The messages in my work are meant to be personal, but also universal., expressing an underlying need for connection. I believe that sometimes you want emotion, and sometimes you just want something beautiful and shiny that you don't have to think about.
The work I do now, I started doing in early 2015 - which is when I took on the mantel of "artist".
Art school times three, but a degree in politics.
Worked in advertising, making big budget TV commercials, but not an art director.
Created art for years, but not focused on being an artist.
But, all that is my context which led to now.

As a small, precocious, non-English speaking...
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Exhibitions

Juried Group Shows:
Ridgewood Art Society, Fall 2016. Glen Rock Public Library, Spring 2015
Allendale City Hall Show of Bergen County Artists. Fall 2015
Pasadena 7th Annual Art Show, Spring 2018
"Art Comes Alive" ACA/ADC, Cincinnati, OH Fall 2018

Solo: Catherine Hickman Theater, Summer 2018

Galleries: Artists on Main, Sarasota, FL. St. Pete Artworks, St, Petersburg FL, Florida Craft Arts Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL
Juried Group Shows:
Ridgewood Art Society, Fall 2016. Glen Rock Public Library, Spring 2015
Allendale City Hall Show of Bergen County Artists. Fall 2015
Pasadena 7th Annual Art Show, Spring 2018
"Art Comes Alive" ACA/ADC, Cincinnati, OH Fall 2018

Solo: Catherine Hickman...
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Press

Tampa Bay Times, Weekend Section, featured artist in group show.
The Gabber, pre-solo show review,
Tampa Bay Times, Weekend Section, featured artist in group show.
The Gabber, pre-solo show review,

Irina Lapin

Gulfport, Florida, United States

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