Inka Essenhigh

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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.

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    6 November - 11 December 2021

    Inka Essenhigh

    Essenhigh’s first exhibition at Victoria Miro Venice will present new paintings from her ongoing series of botanical works in enamel paint, a medium the artist first worked with two decades ago. 

    Victoria Miro Venice
    3 April - 2 May 2008

    Inka Essenhigh

    This new series of large-scale landscape paintings offers a vivid portrayal of the weather and passing seasons. Some of the paintings on view depict nature as a living thing, as in Yellow Fall in which the grass and trees become...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 April - 28 May 2005

    Inka Essenhigh

    Victoria Miro Gallery presents new paintings and works on paper by New York-based Inka Essenhigh, all of which advance the artist's highly stylized investigation of narrative, universal experience and everyday life. Widely known for her fluid, dynamic imagery and inventive...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    29 October - 7 December 2002

    Inka Essenhigh

    Essenhigh's large scale paintings create an enigmatic world in which animated action figures are cast alongside mythological characters and the demimonde in roles where time-honoured human concerns such as patriotism, religion, competitiveness and heroism are played out in futuristic landscapes....
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 June - 15 September 2001

    Works on Paper

    Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
    Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    15 March - 28 April 2000

    Inka Essenhigh

    In Essenhigh’s most recent large-scale canvases, action figures are cast alongside the demimonde in roles where time-honoured human concerns such as patriotism, religion, competitiveness and heroism are played out in futuristic, Madmax-like landscapes. Her paintings present a new, but not...
    Victoria Miro Gallery II
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