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Inka Essenhigh (American, b.1969)
LOT ID: 100519
The Pusher, 1998

Enamel, on panel
11.5 х 14 in. (29.21 x 35.56 cm.)
Signed, titled, dated on verso.
Lot description
“The Pusher” (1998) by Contemporary artist, Inka Essenhigh (American, b. 1969) is an excellent example of the artist’s distinct style: ultra-slick, graphic-style oil enamel paintings. Her works are very solid and artificial looking with a high quality opaqueness, a decision enabling her to get to the essence of her work – drawing – and avoid the painterliness. Also present in this artwork is Essenhigh’s characteristic handling of color; she chooses one color as the dominant background color, and secondary colors that are related as opposed to opposite.

“The Pusher” depicts a main, mutated and headless orange figure, another figure reminiscent of a pelvic bone, and seven faceless, floating heads. 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, even if nonsensical.

Dimensions measure 11.5 x 14 inches 29.2 x 35.6 cm) and the work 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
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL
Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1, New York, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Seattle Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Tate Gallery, London
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
The Pusher by Inka Essenhigh
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