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b. 1969, USA

Inka Essenhigh Biography

Living and working in New York, Inka Essenhigh's paintings draw on an astute awareness of contemporary culture and her immediate environment. They are infused with a dreamlike, surreal sensibility - often directly related to a particular perception or the atmosphere of an encounter, individual or scene. Everyday events such as a picnic in the park, supermarket shopping or drinking at an inner-city bar are transformed into grand, sometimes humorously epic scenes where the artists' cartoon-like figures fuse together with the trails and currents of energy that animate the canvas. With their pristine, high-gloss surfaces and accentuated colours Essenhigh's painting style continues to move towards an almost sculptural three-dimensionality in its delineation of forms.

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In her most recent work, Essenhigh has abandoned the process of automatic drawing as a method of arriving at an unexpected subject matter. Her diverse visual vocabulary acquired from years of free association is here harnessed into creating deeply atmospheric images which express a keen awareness of seasonal cycles, reminding us of our fragile coexistence with the natural world, but also its resounding beauty.

Born in 1969, Inka Essenhigh lives and works in New York. She has exhibited at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (2012); Dayton Art Institute (2011); Center for Maine Contemporaray Art, Rockport (2011); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2007); The Royal Academy of Art, London (2006); Domus Artium 2, Salamanca (2005); São Paulo Biennal (2004); Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2003) and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2003). Her work is in the collections of major museums including Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Museum of Modern Art / P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Seattle Art Museum; Tate, London; Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Inka Essenhigh Featured Artworks

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Blue Spruce and Waning Crescent Moon by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighBlue Spruce and Waning Crescent Moon, 2021Enamel on canvas
102.2 x 76.5 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Kitchen 2623 C.E. by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighKitchen 2623 C.E., 2018Enamel on canvas
152.4 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
The Last Party by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighThe Last Party, 2020Enamel on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Blue Spruce by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighBlue Spruce, 2020Enamel on canvas
127 x 203.2 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Predawn in Early Spring by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighPredawn in Early Spring, 2020Enamel on canvas
127 x 101.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Orange Fall by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighOrange Fall, 2020Enamel on canvas
182.9 x 243.8 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
New Jersey 2600 C.E. by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighNew Jersey 2600 C.E., 2019Enamel on canvas
90.2 x 203.2 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery
Living room 2600 C.E. by Inka Essenhigh contemporary artwork
Inka EssenhighLiving room 2600 C.E., 2019Enamel on canvas
90.2 x 203.2 x 5.1 cm
Kavi Gupta Contact Gallery

Inka Essenhigh Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Inka Essenhigh, Inka Essenhigh at Miles McEnery Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, New York
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15 October–14 November 2020 Inka Essenhigh Miles McEnery Gallery525 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Really. at Miles McEnery Gallery, 511 W 22nd Street, New York
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15 October–14 November 2020 Group Exhibition Really. Miles McEnery Gallery511 W 22nd Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Do You Think It Needs a Cloud? at Miles McEnery Gallery, 511 W 22nd Street, New York
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10 September–10 October 2020 Group Exhibition Do You Think It Needs a Cloud? Miles McEnery Gallery511 W 22nd Street

Inka Essenhigh Represented By

Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA Kavi Gupta Chicago
Victoria Miro contemporary art gallery in Wharf Road, London, United Kingdom Victoria Miro London, Venice

Inka Essenhigh In Related Press

Deciphering Inka Essenhigh’s Blurred Visions Related Press Deciphering Inka Essenhigh’s Blurred Visions 18 May 2018, Hyperallergic

Inka Essenhigh — to suggest an artist who exemplifies this more open attitude — seems like many of her generation, immune to anxieties related to fusing abstraction with figuration. But her inaugural exhibition at Miles McEnery this spring reveals an even greater level of freedom and invention, a freedom that resonates unapologetically with all...

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