The Alumni Society of School of Visual Arts continues its Distinguished Alumnus Lecture series with painter Inka Essenhigh. The event will take place on March 3, 2011 at 7PM, in the SVA Theatre, located at 333 West 23rd Street, in New York City.
Born in Belfonte, Pennsylvania, Inka Essenhigh graduated in 1991 from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio. After completing her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, she had her first New York solo show in 1997. Essenhigh gained attention as a member of the heralded late ’90s generation of New York artists. Her paintings depicting cartoonish figures floating on monochromatic backgrounds helped to resurrect the public’s interest in figurative painting through their graphic narratives. Over the years evolutions in motion and color in her figures took place, and replacement of absent ground lines gave way to urban streetscapes and lush mystical landscapes. References and themes have ranged from the mythological to the biblical, art historical to political, spiritual to the mundane and earthly.
Inka’s work has been collected by public art collections such as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Denver Art Museum; PS1 Center for Contemporary Art/ MoMA, New York; Tate Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at 303 Gallery, New York; Victoria Miro Gallery, London; and Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Inka is represented by 303 Gallery in New York and Victoria Miro Gallery in London. Inka currently lives and works in New York City with her husband Steve Mumford.