Photo by Carlin Mayer 

Inka Essenhigh's painted visions are richly colored distorted fables peopled with archetypes, sprites, and anthropomorphized nature. The paintings breathe and undulate with life as ocean becomes sea monster, tree becomes goddess, or hipster bar-goers become drunken ghouls. The imagery is imbued with a sense of a collective unconscious and mischievous narrative that makes its way into each landscape, building, and figure. As she describes it, her mythologies strive for "the feeling of an inner vision" captured during the witching twilight hours.

Inka Essenhigh has been exhibiting for the past two decades. She has just compleated a commissioned mural for The Drawing Center in New York and she has been in shows such as "Comic Abstraction" Museum of Modern Art in New York, "USA Today" at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, 2nd Berlin Biennale in Berlin Germany, SITE Santa Fe Biennial in Santa Fe New Mexico and the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has had many one person museum shows such as at the Virginia MOCA, Virginia Beach, Frist Center, Nashville TN,  Albright knox Museum, Buffalo NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; DA2 Domus Artium, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the years she has shown with Dietch Projects, Mary Boone Gallery and 303 gallery. She has recently shown at Baldwin Gallery in Aspen. She is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery in London,  Miles McEnery Gallery NYC, and Kavi Gupta in Chicago.

She lives and works in New York City.


Miles McEnery Gallery
Victoria Miro