Irina Dakhnovskaia-Lawton

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Quick Facts
Lives in
Works in
Maine Media College, 2006, MFA
Representing galleries
Modernbook Gallery SF, CA; Catherine Couturier Gallery Houston, TX; The WIT Gallery Lenox, MA


            Born in Latvia, raised and educated in Moscow and presently living and working as a visual artist in Florida, Irina is attracted to the challenges of different subject matters from the exploration of the physiological challenges of portraiture to the complex political and social consequences of regime change in Post Communist Russia or an attempt to probe the sensibility and techniques of pictorial aesthetics at the turn of the 20thcentury.

            Irina began photographing professionally in 1996 while living and working in Eritrea, North Africa. She was covering stories on HIV orphans in Eritrea and later in Guinea, West Africa. From 1999 to 2001 she spent two years living in China and one year in the Russian Far East working there as a freelance photographer. Upon returning back to the USA she enrolled in an MFA program in photography and graduated in 2007 from the Maine Media College, Rockport, Maine.

            Irina is actively involved in the art events of great Miami area where she is presently resides, she is a resident artist in the Bakehouse Art Complex. She has participated in the group shows at The Boca Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Baker Museum of Art, Naples, FL, Bienes Rare Book Collection. Her work participated in Miami Art Fair, Toronto art Fair, Affordable art Fair, Agua Art Fair and numerous group shows. Irina's projects were featured in Verve Fine art Gallery, success stories of the Fotofest Houston, Diffusion magazine, Photo Eye Newsletter, the project "Red Colors of Disillusion" was in the international magazine Zoom published in Moscow and in The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel newspapers.

            She is represented by the Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston, TX and The WIT Gallery, Lenox, MA.

            Her works included in the Arthur Jaffe Rare Book Collection, NOVA University Permanent Collection, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Printmaking Department Collection and several important private collections



Resident artist at the Bakehouse Art Complex

2002 - 2007       MFA in Photography, Maine Media College

Solo Exhibitions

 • 2007   Kosti Gallery, “Wondering about Pictorialism”, Rockport, ME

 • 2006   Broward College, “Red Colors of Disillusion”, Davie, FL

 Selected Juried Group Shows and reviews

 • 2014   Florida Contemporary, The Baker Museum, Naples, FL

 • 2014   Mourning for print, Swenson Gallery, Bakehouse Art Complex

 • 2013   Two of a kind, Swenson Gallery, Bakehouse Art Complex,

 • 2013   Boca Raton Art Museum, 62rd Annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition,          Marc Scala, juror

 • 2013   Oneric, Audrey Love Gallery, Bakehouse Art Complex,

 • 2013   Bienes Rare Book Collecton

 • 2012   Affordable Art Fair,  New York  

 • 2011   ZOOM magazine, project “Red Colors of Disillusion” review

 • 2011   Diffusion magazine, vol. III, 2011, book “Wondering about Pictorialism” review

 • 2010   Fountain Miami 2010, BEGO Project

 • 2010   Art Miami, Miami 2010

 • 2010   The Affordable Art Fair, New York City

 • 2010   "Photography Re-Imagined", Tilt Gallery, Phoenix, AZ, Anna Strickland, juror

 • 2010   "This Is Who I Am: North | South Print Exchange 2010" NOVA University Gallery 217 and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Space 6 es

• 2010   Houston Center for Photography 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Hanna     Frieser, juror

 • 2010   10x10: National Small Works Exhibition, Gallery 271 NOVA University, 3rd place, Rosie Gordon-Wallace juror

 • 2009    Prix de la Photographie, Paris (PX3), Honorable Mention

 • 2009    2008 Florida Artists’ Book Prize Exhibition, Bienes Museum of Modern Book

2009    Small Work National Art Exhibition, Harper College, IL, Debora Wood, Senior Curator, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, IL, juror

• 2009    The Lingerie Show, The Darkroom Gallery, New Orleans, LA, Debbie Fleming Caffrey, juror

• 2008    29th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Smithtown Township Council, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY, C. James, juror, Honorable Mention

• 2008     Art Space National Juried Photography and Printmaking Exhibition 2008, Richmond, VA, Brooks Johnson, Curator, Chrysler Museum of Art, juror

• 2008     Visual Arts Society of Texas Annual 40th Spring Exhibition, Nic Nicosia, juror, Purchase Award

 • 2008   “Twisted”, Broward Community College, Davie, FL, John Kaufman, curator

 • 2004   “Regime Change”, Shenere Velt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA,  Eric A. Gordon, juror

 • 2004   “Alternative Processes”, Soho Gallery, New York, John Stevenson, juror

 • 2002    “Light Warriors”, competition, Santa Fe, (Finalist), Joyce Tennison, juror,

 Bibliography and Public Collections

  NOVA University permanent collection

 • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Printmaking Department Collection

  University of Washington Book Arts Collection

 • 40th Annual VAST Visual Arts Exhibition. 2008 Catalog• Snapshots of disillusion. Display depicts red Russia. Candice Russel. The Miami   Herald.11.19.2006

 • Critics choice. Seeing Red. Emma Trelles. Sun-Sentinnel, 11.04, 2006