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Inka Essenhigh (American, b.1969)
LOT ID: 100518
Test Tubees, 1998

Enamel, on panel
11 х 14 in. (27.94 x 35.56 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated on verso.
Lot description
“Test Tubees” (1998) by Contemporary artist, Inka Essenhigh (American, b. 1969) is an excellent example of the artist’s distinct style: ultra-slick, graphic-style enamel paintings. Her works are very solid and artificial looking with no evidence of light, a decision enabling her to remain close to the essence of her work– drawing– and avoid the painterliness.

“Test Tubees” depicts six figures all connected in a soldier formation. Phallic shaped, and lacking individuality, the mutated figures march, expressionless and uniform. With no clear narrative, this work exemplifies Essenhigh’s strong dedication to artistic freedom, and the opportunity to paint anything and everything that comes to her mind. Also present in this artwork is Essenhigh’s characteristic handling of color; she chooses one color as the dominant, and a secondary color that is one step away as opposed to an opposite.

This work measures 11 x 14 inches and is unframed.

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Inka Essenhigh (American, b. 1969) was born in Pennsylvania. She received her BFA (1992) from Columbus College of Art & Design, and her MFA (1994) from School of Visual Arts, NYC. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery in Tokyo, Pace Prints in New York, 303 Gallery in New York, and Victoria Miro Gallery in London.

Selected Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Tate Gallery, London
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Seattle Art Gallery, Seattle, WA



Test Tubees by Inka Essenhigh
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