Iris Divina Frederix was born in 1981 in Schimmert (Netherlands).
She studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, section “Autonomous Art”, Department of Painting, and graduated there in 2004.
Despite her young age, Iris Frederix has already built up a rich oeuvre. It is a collection of mainly paintings, in which she shows an awareness of the rich tradition of the art of painting.
Or as Dan Dickhof ((Museum Panorama Mesdag)writes in an essay about her work: ‘The blend of Renaissance and nineteenth- century images and modern sources of inspiration likefilm, photography and glamour photography make it a totally unique and recognisable style.
Iris Frederix shows us a completely personal vision of the woman. It is very different to see how a seductive woman is depicted by a female painter. And this beauty is often based on the artist herself. That says something about self- awareness and the perception of being a woman, and about the position that Iris Frederix adopts as a painter in the long tradition of the female nude.
There is a fascinating contrast between the cinematic and seductive dream worlds she creates alongside the everyday themes. Her works are characterised by romance – both amorous and atmospheric. Her dream worlds, however, do not only depict luxury. They are also based on a sort of contemporary orientalism, although no longer of classical faraway places. Cheap flights have made Asia and Africa easy to reach. But the desire for dream worlds of opulence, fascinating landscapes and both classical and modern architecture is something that remains a dream for many, in spite of everything. Often, it is not even what people want for themselves, but rather the stuff of daydreams. Dreaming is something that Iris allows – it is wonderful. Creating imaginary worlds for oneself and for others has an intangible beauty. And the paintings exude her joy in the subjects and in the colourful palette. It is this aesthetic pleasure that allows her to immediately grab the viewer’s gaze and not let it go again. Once in her hushed world, the viewer’s wandering gaze is steered to whatever she wants him or her to see. In this, Iris Frederix’ work follows the late nineteenth-century vision ‘l’art pour l’art’, which was innovative at the time. This was art created for art’s sake. It referred to itself, rather than dealing with the big themes of the day from classical myths, biblical stories or important historical events. The influence of patrons was marginal, and artists created work at their own discretion, like Iris Frederix does today. The painter’s art therefore revolves around her own experience of beauty. The attractive image is captured for you for a moment in the colourful world that Iris makes yours for a while.