Inka Essenhigh - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Wednesday, October 15, 2014 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Victoria Miro, London
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

  • Exhibited

    London, Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today, New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, 6 October- 4 November 2006

  • Literature

    Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, published by the Saatchi Gallery and Koeing Books, 2005
    USA Today, New American Art from the Saatchi Gallery, published by Royal Academy of Arts, 2006, p 125

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Pup Tent, Inka Essenhigh shifts to a more realistic style with poetic sensitivity, translating her graphic designs into a softly rendered 3D world. Her mythological scene unfolds with the compositional order of her earlier enamel paintings: compacted configurations, affiliated by trailing ephemera, engulfed by a swooping mass of flowing motion. In this new painterly language, Essenhigh gives real tangibility to form: her figure comes to life with porcelain-like delicacy, and the fabric flows with defined texture rather than calligraphied patterns. Trading her factitious palette for gothic monochrome, Essenhigh capitalises on the richness and depth of the medium to create a painting that is elegant and haunting.


Pup Tent

oil on linen
183 x 152 cm (72 x 59 7/8 in.)
Signed, titled and dated 'Inka Essenhigh 2004 "Pup Tent"' on the reverse.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £6,250

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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 16 October 2014 2pm