Band, Iris

Biography:

Iris Band was born on May 6, 1961 in Meissen/Germany.  Between 1976 and 1979, she attended evening classes in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden.  Between 1980 and 1986, she studied metal and enamel art as well as painting and graphical art which she successfully finished with a diploma in painting and graphical art. Since 1986, she has worked as a very successful freelance artist. Sshe was honoured with several prizes: in 1993 she was received the BP-Oil advancement award of the city of Brussels, 1994  the advancement award of the city of Halle,  in 1995 the first prize of the city of Halle for her painting “Marktplatz”. In 1996, she was accepted for the promotion program of the Deutschen Kreditbank AG, in 1998 she obtained the award of the department for women policy of the city of Magdeburg, in 2002 she was awarded the third prize of the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg and in 2003 she received the third prize of “A postcard for Halle”.

Thematically the artist focuses on the city landscape. She is inspired by the narrative element of architecture, the city structure and our longing for unknown places, which she takes up and transforms into a new fantastic architectural structure. Through her personal impression and engagement with the real localities, cities receive a new interpretation: she juxtaposes elements of the city like a patchwork and uses their symbolic character. They become symbols of their builders and icons of beauty. Analogous to urban processes of change where new buildings are constructed on top of older ones, the artist builds layer on layer and lets new things evolve from the flatness of her canvas or board.

Her images develop from thick structures, which sometimes even consist of old left-overs from paintings or collages and of wooden pieces. Thus she creates a three dimensional, geometric second surface, a relief, on which the artist paints further layers of colour and lets the static structure of cityscapes emerge. The details of her landscape mesmerize her audience and turn them into little wonders, which never stop keeping the eyes busy.

Iris Band has had numerous exhibitions and is represented by LDXArtodrome Gallery internationally.

Exhibitions (Selection): 1988 "Interieur - Landschaft - Porträt", Galerie St. Florian, Halberstadt 1990 "Bild - Figur - Skriptoral", Galerie Baumschulenweg, Berlin 1992 ,Opernhaus Halle, Foyergalerie 1993 "Farbe und Struktur", Galerie Gallus, Frankfurt/ Oder, Galerie 5ünf Sinne, Halle Landesvertretung Sachsen-Anhalt, Bonn 1994 "Frühlingsausstellung", Saalegalerie, Saalfeld, 1996 Galerie No, Baden-Baden "Zwischenzeit", Galerie Süd, Leipzig "Gemischtes", Volksbank, Weinheim 1997 Neues Theater, Foyergalerie, Halle 1998 "Gemischtes", Landestheater Eisleben, 1999 Cranachhöfe Wittenberg "Burgen, Schlösser, Märchenzeit", Schloß Teutschenthal 2000 Riebeckstift Halle Dresdner Bank, Halle Zeitkunstgalerie, Halle 2001 "Zwischen Phantasie und Wirklichkeit", Kulturhaus Leuna "Zwischen Phantasie und Wirklichkeit", Burg Mildenstein bei Leisnig Zeitkunstgalerie, Halle 2002 "Freie Arbeiten und Porträt", Zeitkunstgalerie, Halle "Neujahrsausstellung", Klaron, Merseburg, 2003 "Entdeckungsreise", MVB-Galerie, Mainz ,"Künstler kopieren ihre Vorbilder", ZeitkunstgalerieHalle "Neue Arbeiten", BW-Bank, 2004 "Patagonien", Sparkasse, Halle 2005 "Reisebilder", Redbud Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA "Blickwinkel", Galerie Elbchaussee Acht, Hamburg,"Wechselspiel", Galerie Stelzer & Zaglmaier, Halle "Eine Stadt voll Musik", Kunstsalon Hänsel, Halle 2006 "Band und Baumgart", Kunstverein Uelzen, Uelzen "Florales", Zeitkunstgalerie, Halle "Stadtansichten", Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzenbiochemie, Halle "Große Arbeiten", Ministerium für Gesundheit und Soziales, Magdeburg 2007 "Künstler aus Halle", Arche in Wieck/ Darß Internationales Malersymposium in Plowdiw, Bulgarien, Ausstellung in der Vertretung Sachsen-Anhalts in Plowdiw 2008 ."Neue Arbeiten - Bemaltes, Gemaltes", ZeitkunstgalerieHalle "Künstler der DKB", Kunstscheune, Liebenberg "Neue Arbeiten", Galerie Das Blaue Haus, Worpswede "Künstler aus Halle", Kunsthalle, Kühlungsborn "Unterwegs", IBM, Zürich 2009, "Malerei", Stadtmuseum Meißen "Künstler der DKB", Kunstscheune, Liebenberg, 2. Liebenberger Kunstfrühling "Hallesche Künstler", Kunstforum, Halle/ Westfalen, 2010 Domgalerie Merseburg, Tiefer Keller, Merseburg, "Künstler aus Halle", Zeitkunstgalerie, Born a. Darß 2011 "Malerei & Grafik", Opernhaus Halle Zeitkunstgalerie, Halle ,Zeitkunstgalerie, Born a. Darß "Der letzte Garten", Kunstsalon Hänsel, Halle 20 Jahre Kunstverein, Oberlandesgericht Karlsruhe 2012 "Malerei & Grafik", Bundesagentur für Arbeit, Regionaldirektion Sachsen/ Anhalt - Thüringen, Halle, "Panorama", Domgalerie Kunsthaus Tiefer Keller, Merseburg ,2013 "Sizilianische Reise", Galerie Stelzer und Zaglmaier, Halle "Die weite Welt", Galerie Das Blaue Haus, Worpswede "Zwischen Halle und Mezzogiorno", Zeitkunstgalerie Halle , 2014 "Artgeschoss", Internationale Kunstausstellung, Wolfenbüttel "Über allem der Himmel", Kunstsalon Hänsel, Halle "Freie Arbeiten", Leonhard Boldt GalerieEutin, Allee - Center Magdeburg 2015 "Aus Archiv und Atelier", Bücherei Teutschenthal, Teutschenthal "Sommerausstellung", Kunstsalon Hänsel, Halle "Von Schwaan nach Syrakus", Kunstmuseum Schwaan, Danziger Impressionen", Generalkonsulat, Danzig "Iris Bands Gespür für Schnee", Galerie Kunst im Keller, Halle ,"Sehnsuchtsorte", Universitätsklinikum Leipzig, Leipzig, "Unterwegs", Flurgalerie im Haus Hundertwasser des Luther-Melanchthon-Gymnasiums, Lutherstadt Wittenberg 2016 Kunstmesse HanseArt, Lübeck "Revision", Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, "Zauber - Indonesien", Galerie Zaglmaier, Halle, "Entdeckungsreise" ... auf den Spuren einer Künstlerkolonie. Stadtmuseum Klausen (Chiusa), Italien, Südtirol, „ Facettenreich“ Zeitkunstgalerie Halle
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