Nicole Wittenberg (b. 1979 lives and works in New York) finds strong images that she works and re-works, discovering fresh ways to rebuild the image through the process of painting – varying her marks, thicknesses and colours. Through her unique method, Wittenberg is able to easily make connections to canonical works by way of building and reducing the image, in terms of colour, scale and form. Thus, her work is in the perfectly calibrated balance between powerhouse image and abstract form. The recent paintings can be grouped into the three rough categories: Kissing, Cock Sucking and Pussy Eating. These are pictures of action, which Wittenberg aligns with the activity of painting, one she perceives to be as endless as the operations of desire itself.
Solo exhibitions include ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (2017); ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’, Nina Johnson Gallery, Miami Florida (2017); ‘’The Yellow Kiss’, Yours Mine & Ours Gallery, New York (2016); ‘The Malingerers’, Freight and Volume Gallery, New York (2012). The artist has participated in numerous group exhibitions including ‘It’s Personal’, Edward Ressle Gallery, New York (2018); ‘Reflector’, Luciana Brito Gallery, New York (2018); ‘NEW WORK PART III: SUBJECT’, Cob Gallery, London (2018); ‘Visionary Painting: curated by Alex Katz’, Colby College Museum, Waterville, Maine (2017); ‘The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men’, Cheim & Read Gallery, New York (2016); ‘Nice Weather’, Skarstedt Gallery, New York (2016); and ‘Painter’s Painters: Gifts from Alex Katz’, High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2015). She was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters John Koch award for best young figurative painter in 2012. Her work is included in the Albertina Museum, Vienna; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Aishti Foundation, Beirut; Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick; Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland; Portland Museum of Art, Portland.