Irina Swain – Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design

Irina Swain

Irina Swain – Russian/Canadian Contemporary artist was born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1983. Currently living and working as freelance artist and mother for two beautiful little kids in Nova Scotia, Canada.​

Irina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from A.D.Kryachkov Novosibirsk State University of Architecture, Design, and Arts, Novosibirsk, Russia. Later she continued her education in Visual Art and Painting by studying under John David Anderson (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) and Joo Young-Geun (Seoul, South Korea).​

In her work, Irina Swain is using watercolors, acrylic, and oil paints and enjoys combining different techniques to be used in painting landscapes, portraits, still life of realistic nature, as well as abstract impressions of life. Some of her earlier work included the use of drawings and sketches done in graphic pencil and ink. Her latest passion is creating mixed media art that can combine many different mediums and technics.​

After studying so many fascinating and beautiful techniques around the world, I love to implement them in my designs and artworks and love to experiment with different styles and techniques, too. I get my inspiration from the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Though growing up in one of the largest cities in Russia and living in so many big cities around the world, I learned to appreciate and find beauty in all kinds of architectural forms and building of our concrete jungles.

In my designs and artworks, I like to show what I see in front of me, but I also like to try imagining and show how it may look better. I try to show the world as it is, but also try to make our world a little better by bringing out its inner beauty through my work. To me, the process of creating each design or painting each artwork is secret meditation that brings peace and harmony to my soul and, I hope to show that harmony to everyone that uses my designs or enjoys my artworks.

In October 2014, Irina Swain participated as featured artist with her mini solo exhibition at TLC bistro & café, in Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

In July 2015, Irina Swain participated in the Exhibition of student artworks of Korean famous artist Joo Young-Geun at National Assembly Hall, Seoul, South Korea.