Jemima Kirke


A shared thematic perspective runs through Kirke's portraits. The female sitters somehow embody - with their varied, often dour expressions - vulnerability, frustration and suppressed longing thinly disguised beneath cool faux-sophisticated facades. Empathy is the distinguishing feature, one that imbues them with both dignity and life. They exist in depth, not just as marks on the surface. It is impressive to see how effective Kirke has been in creating a mood as she transforms observation and insight into painted images. It makes her art worth looking at and taking seriously. Part of her method is her attention to physical flaws, imperfections, which she describes as "part of our individuality". She abandons the traditional goal of rendering the subject "accurately" and aims for "capturing her presence in the room, her expressions, our relationship". This willingness to reinterpret the idea of "likeness" is an important element of Kirke's portraiture.

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Kirke

Self Portrait, 2014, 18" x 22" , oil on canvas
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Sarah In Costume, 2014, 41" x 31" , oil on canvas
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Alma Nude, 2014, 29" x 22", oil on canvas
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Alison,2014, 41" x 31", oil on canvas
Kirke

Cadence, 2014, 26" x 40", oil on canvas
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Sasha, 2014, 30'' x 25'', oil on canvas
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Sarabeth, 2014, 21" x 17", oil on canvas
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Rafa, 2014, 46" x 30", oil on canvas
Kirke

Lena F, 2014, 30" x 30", oil on canvas
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Elaine On Bed, 2014, 40" x 36", oil on canvas
Kirke

Lola, 2012, 35" x 25", oil on canvas
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Domino, 2013, 36" x 25", oil on canvas
Kirke

Self Portrait (Blue), 2010, 15" x 22", water color on paper
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Untitled (pregnant), 2010, 30" x 22", water color on paper
Kirke

Platforms by Jemima Kirke March 21, 2014, ,
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Gallary Installation March, 2014, ,
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Eleanor, 2011, 29" x 24", oil on canvas
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Untitled, 2006, 14' x 11", oil on canvas
Kirke

Lola (Black), 2013, 15'' x 22'', watercolor on paper
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Elizabeth, 2011, 20" x 30", oil on canvas
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Beata, 2011, 30" x 46", oil on canvas
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Untitled, 2010, 11" x 14", watercolor on paper