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  • TJAŠA IRIS
  • Artist Story
  • Tjaša Iris is a Slovenian-born artist, with Austrian and Italian ancestry living/creating in South East Asia since 2009. She is known for her photographs and large paintings painted with bright colors, vivid atmospheres of gardens with lush vegetation and bright light. Color is the main concern in her painting, exploring its emotional and expressive qualities.

    Tjaša Iris is an exceptional colorist. While in her earlier work there were many landscapes and less gardens in her work of the last 10 years we see mostly gardens with lush vegetation. She dedicates most of her exhibitions to these themes. Her earlier work always had origins in Southern Europe, the Mediterranean part of Europe. She loves nothing but strong light and bright colors. Her colors came right from the tube. She is only buying most bright pigments of any brand. Her work of the last 3 years describes beautiful flowers & lush tropical gardens in bright, vivid, lush colors. Her paintings are full of a powerful unique energy. Her roots are in Expressionism, a modernist movement in Europe from the beginning of the last century. The movement's typical trait was to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality. Her work is a continuation of these concerns.

    Color is the main concern in her paintings, exploring the emotional and expressive qualities. She says: "It is about how colors just come at you or move away from you." Her colors are used freely and vibrantly. The paintings vibrate with the contrasts of light and dark, bright and dull and warm and cold. She is today more than ever an avid traveler, and she captures the essence of the places she visits in vibrant sometimes more descriptive while sometimes more abstracted pictures. Gardens with lush tropical vegetation and ornaments, busy landscapes with swirling clouds, Botanic Gardens of Singapore, Thai King’s Phu Ping Palace Gardens in Chiang Mai, gardens in Bali and Kuala Lumpur, Castello di Miramare gardens in Trieste, located only about 20 km from her Slovenian residency and studio at Branik village… Through her use of color and shape she captivates the viewer with her joyful celebration of life through her art. The explosive energy of South East Asia is making her paintings even more vivid and vibrant. She is also spending much time studying physics, the new studies about what the scientists have to say about the 5th, 6th, 7th … dimension. Quantum physics. Facts about energy and matter. The fact that colors have waves moving toward us or moving away from us..

    Tjaša Iris is continuing in her own research in color as well as adding the atmosphere of today’s world to it. Her paintings on paper and canvass give you the feel of the flatness of a computer screen. Her large paintings on jute add another dimension to it. She is a clear representative of the Internet Generation. Her busy complex compositions reflect the busy loud information era of the fast moving time of today.

    Her photographs and paintings are a dream world of happy atmospheres, strong light and uplifting lush colors.
  • Location
  • Thailand
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Artist CV

After a year of studying International Relations – Political Science at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Tjaša Iris moved to Florence, Italy, at the age of 18 which means a new birth for her. She started studying photography and painting at a private art school: International School of Fine Art Fortman Studios, in Via Fiesolana 34r, today the art school is no longer around, where she gained a Diploma in 1991. She went on to further studies photography at Staffordhaire Polytecnic for a semester in Stoke-on-Trent. After which, she continued her studies at Audio-Visual Department at Academie Minerva in Groningen, The Netherlands, where she earned her M.A. in Fine Arts, Painting in 1995.

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Portfolio

Solo
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- 2017 BANGKOK, THAILAND, "Gardens of Eden - Paintings from a New Dimension" at BACC Bangkok Art & Culture Center, 3 - 27 August
- 2014 - 2015 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND, "Gardens of Eden" at 137 Pillar House Art Gallery, 14 Dec. 2014 - 15 March 2015
- 2013 BANGKOK, THAILAND, "Gardens of Eden" at Jamjuree (State) Art Gallery, an Art Museum of Chulalongkorn University, 26 December 2013 - 16 January 2014 *
- 2013 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND, "Gardens of Eden" at CMU Art Museum - University Art Center, 8–30 November *
- 2012 SINGAPORE, “The Substation” Contemporary Art Center, 22 May – 2 June 2012
- 2011 BANGKOK, THAILAND, “Garden of Eden”, Neilson Hays Rotunda Gallery
- 2011 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, UCSI Kuala Lumpur University *
- 2010 UBUD, BALI, INDONESIA, Wina Gallery (two women show)
- 2010 SINGAPORE, AAF – The Affordable Art Fair Singapore, E7 *
- 2010 SINGAPORE, As NEW FIND at ART SINGAPORE 2010 *
- 2010 SINGAPORE, Instinc Art Gallery *
- 2009 KOPER, SLOVENIA, Gallery Meduza, Coastal Galleries Piran *
- 2005 BRANIK, SLOVENIA, Villa Flora. Open Studio "PARIS PAINTINGS"
- 2005 PARIS, FRANCE Two man show Tjaša Demšar and Diek Grobler (South Africa), Cite´International des Arts
- 2003 ONLINE, U.S.A., d’ART Gallery
- 2000 MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA, Gallery Murska Sobota *
- 1999 SKOFJA LOKA, SLOVENIA, Gallery Groharjeva *
- 1998 IZOLA, SLOVENIA, Gallery Insula
- 1998 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA. Gallery Krka *
- 1998 PAESE, TREVISO, ITALY, Municipal Gallery
- 1997 CAERANO DI SAN MARCO, TREVISO, ITALY. Gallery Villa Benzi Zecchini
- 1996 AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS, ART EXPO, Amsterdam RAI
- 1993 GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, “Yellow Labyrinth”, Gallery »S« *

Group exhibitions
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- 2017 PONTREMOLI, ITALY, Pontremoli International Photography Festival, Tuscany, Italy 1-30 July
- 2017 KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, Joy of Life Exhibition, at PORT Commune*
- 2016 NEW DELHI, INDIA, SLOVENINDIA - Contemporary Art From Slovenia, at National Gallery of Modern Art*
- 2015 TRIESTE, ITALY, Gardens of Eden, at MINIMU Art Center
- 2012 IDRIJA, SLOVENIA, Slovenia Opened for Art Sinji Vrh International Art Symposium at Gewerkenegg Museum of Idria
- 2012 GORIZIA, ITALY, Slovenia Opened for Art Sinji Vrh International Art Symposium at Cosic Gallery
- 2012 RADOVLJICA, SLOVENIA, Slovenia Opened for Art Sinji Vrh International Art Symposium at Sivceva hisa Museum
- 2012 CHIANG MAI, THAILAND, 116 Art Gallery, “Nouvelle Expressionisme” (four women show), 15 Dec. 2011 12. Feb. 2012 *
- 2011 SEŽANA, SLOVENIA, Slovenia Opened for Art Sinji Vrh International Art Symposium at Srecko Kosovel Cultural Art Center *
- 2011 BREŽICE, SLOVENIA Franc Les Art Collection at Brezice Posavski Museum, 11. Nov. 2011 – 8. Jan *
- 2011 SIENA, ITALY “Drawing Connections”, Siena Art Institute - founded by John Getty III, 24 Sept
- 2011 SINJI VRH, SLOVENIA, Slovenia Opened for Art, 1 July *
- 2011 AJDOVŠČINA, SLOVENIA, Slovenia Opened for Art, at Lična hisa Art Gallery 30 June *
- 2011 ČATEZ OB SAVI, SLOVENIA, “Franc Les” Artist Colony at County Hall
- 2010 ŠENCUR, SLOVENIA, “Zlata Ribica” Art Collection at Šenčur Museum *
- 2010 BOVEC, SLOVENIA, “Zlata Ribica” Art Collection, Fortress Kluže Exhibition Space *
- 2010 HONG KONG, “Unwrap Your Mind”, That Gallery
- 2010 SLOVENJ GRADEC, SLOVENIJA, Majski salon *
- 2010 HONG KONG, “4x6”, That Gallery
- 2010 TOLMIN, SLOVENIA, “Zlata Ribica” Artist in Residency, Tolmin Public Library Exhibition Space *
- 2009 PIRAN, SLOVENIA, Ex-Tempore Piran, Coastal Galleries Piran
- 2009 BRANIK, SLOVENIA, Villa Flora Artist's Residency Program. Villa Flora
- 2009 CASTAGNO, TUSCANY, ITALY, Artist's Colony Atelier d'Artista, "Il Genio Fiorentino Art Festival". Villa Castagno
- 2009 GAMBASI TERME, TUSCANY, ITALY, Artist's Colony Atelier d'Artista. "Il Genio Fiorentino Art Festival". Piazza Gambasi Terme
- 2008 MEDANA, SLOVENIA, “MMM art” Artist's Colony. Klinec
- 2008 BRANIK, SLOVENIA, Villa Flora Artist's Residency Program. Villa Flora
- 2008 BARCELONA, SPAIN, "Artterre Group", Galeria Zero
- 2008 PIRAN, SLOVENIA, Ex-Tempore Piran, Magazin Monfort
- 2008 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA, “Members of Kranj Artist's Association”, Galerija ZDSLU
- 2007 LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA, “December Holiday Sale”, Galerija ZDSLU
- 2007 PIRAN, SLOVENIA, Ex-Tempore Piran, Magazin Monfort
- 2007 MURSKA SOBOTA, SLOVENIA, Majski salon, Galerija Murska Sobota *
- 2006 CAMPELLO SUL CLITUGNNO, ITALY, “Vita bellissima”, Studio Lithos
- 2004 CAMPELLO SUL CLITUGNNO, ITALY, “Ecce Uomo”, Studio Lithos
- 2003 PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, "BRAKE A SILENCE ARROUND HIV/Aids", Mind’s I Art Space
- 2003 PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA, "FINE LINE", Mind’s I Art Space
- 2002 PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA "MAIL ART", Mind’s I Art Space
- 2002 KRANJ, SLOVENIA, Kranj Biennal. France Prešern House, Kranj Museum *
- 2002 PASIANO DI PORDENONE, ITALY, "FOUR WOMAN ARTISTS EXHIBITION", Villa Saccomani *
- 2000 KOPER, SLOVENIA, “December Exhibition”, Galerija Meduza
- 1998 KRANJ, SLOVENIA, “May Days”, Mala Gallery, Kranjski Museum
- 1997 IZOLA, SLOVENIA, “Marine Universe”. Gallery Alga
- 1997 IZOLA, SLOVENIA, EX TEMPORE – Korte nad Izolo
- 1995 MARIBOR, SLOVENIA, First Slovenian Festival of Computer art, Maribor Contemporary Art Center
- 1995 GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, “Minerva Artists”, Martini Zichenhuis
- 1995 GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, “Minerva Artists”, Martini hall
- 1994 ORVELTE, DRENTHE, THE NETHERLANDS, “The Path of Painters”, Orvelte, 12th century village – museum orders her a painting (1,5 x 2,5 m), that will remain exhibited in the country – side near Orvelte for the following ten years
- 1992 GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS, »Blue Labyrinth«. Gallery »Biemonds Belang«

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