About the Artist
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 artist's cartoon-like figures fuse together with the trails and currents of energy that animate the canvas. With its pristine, high-gloss surfaces and accentuated colours Essenhigh's work moves towards an almost sculptural three-dimensionality in its delineation of forms.
In Focus – Inka Essenhigh at Victoria Miro Venice
Held November–December 2021, the New York-based artist’s fifth solo exhibition with the gallery and first at Victoria Miro Venice featured new paintings from her ongoing series of botanical works in enamel paint, a medium the artist first worked with two decades ago.