Tjaša Iris: Paintings from A New Dimension
Reception: Tuesday 22 May, 7pm
Tjaša Iris is a fast emerging international artist in mature phase of her work. She splits her time between Europe and Asia and has spent the last three European winters painting in numerous South-East Asian countries like Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. She will be presenting a series of paintings created during these winter stays, in her latest exhibition, Paintings from a New Dimension.
Tjaša Iris is an exceptional colourist, and her work is inspired by vegetation, gardens and outdoor landscapes. Her paintings depict flowers and lush tropical gardens in bright, vivid, lush colours. Her artistic roots are in expressionism, a modernist movement that emerged in Europe in the beginning of the last century. It typically presented the world from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke a particular mood. Expressionist artists sought to express meaning or emotional experience rather than physical reality. Tjasa Iris continues to develop her interest in expressive colour. Her paintings give the impression of flatness, complexity and modernity.
She views her work as a continuation of expressionism. Colour is her main concern, used freely and vibrantly to explore emotion. Her paintings vibrate with the contrasts of warm and cold, light and dark, bright and dull, and she captures the essence of the places she visits in vibrant abstracted pictures. Gardens with lush tropical vegetation and ornaments, busy landscapes with swirling clouds, from the Botanic Gardens of Singapore, to the Thai King’s Bhubing Palace Gardens in Chiang Mai, her use of colour and shape captivates the viewer with a joyful celebration of life through her art.