Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line¬

March 17, 2018-August 19, 2018

Inka Essenhigh creates beautiful paintings through a studio practice that emphasizes experimentation and exploration. Since Essenhigh’s emergence into the art world during the late 1990’s, she has consistently questioned and redefined her relationship with her media. She moved from using enamel paint to traditional oils and back; creating hybrids of the two. Her substrates include paper, canvas, and panels. Throughout each phase of experimentation, Essenhigh creates dialogues with her work, navigating how the media and brush interact. It is through this approach that her dazzling works are borne.

Inka Essenhigh received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 from Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, OH, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994 from School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. She has exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. 2018 includes a featured solo exhibition at the Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY and a recently completed mural for The Drawing Center, New York, NY.

Essenhigh’s work is included in the permanent collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, North Miami, FL; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Tate Modern, London, England; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

She is represented by Miles McEnery Gallery in New York, Kavi Gupta in Chicago, Baldwin Gallery in Aspen and Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Essenhigh lives and works in New York City.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line is made possible by generous support from TowneBank and major support from Capital Group Companies. Generous grants were provided by the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the Business Consortium for Arts Support.


Inka Essenhigh: A Fine Line

Film by Flagship Visuals