Jane Corrigan

With scenes from never-composed narratives, intimate visions of nonexistent people and humorous versions of classical painterly genres, Jane Corrigan inserts viewers into a world she remakes in her own image. Corrigan’s oil paintings depict scenes drawn from the artist’s imagination that simultaneously invoke art history and popular culture. She creates deconstructions of artistic tradition in a history of male-dominated painting. The scenarios in Corrigan’s paintings unfold in a hard-to-determine era, a somewhat slippery time zone that invokes Pieter Bruegel the Edler’s genre scenes as much as Walt Disney’s animated realities.

Corrigan’s confusion of time (and place) affords her work a paradoxically timeless quality. Throughout her work Corrigan takes great risks with her engagement with humor, allowing it to surface while also deftly holding it in check, never allowing the comedic to undermine the evident seriousness of her art. Seen together Corrigan’s paintings suggest a constantly unfolding yet fragmentary narrative, a story with no beginning or end, a fictional realm brought to life through the act and materiality of painting.

Corrigan received an MFA from Purchase College S.U.N.Y in 2009. She has had solo exhibitions at Feuer/Mesler, Retrospective, Kerry Schuss and White Columns in New York, NY. Her paintings have appeared in several group exhibitions at White Columns, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, C24 Gallery in New York, NY, among others. Corrigan was a 2013-14 resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, Brooklyn, NY; a 2012-2013 Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; as well as a 2013 recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award. 

Installation view
Jane Corrigan; Note, classroom, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Earth to Air, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Pumpkin Head with Groceries, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Passing the Note, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 6 x 7 in.
Jane Corrigan; Arm Tap, Classroom, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.5 x 7 in.
Jane Corrigan; Lorelei, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5 x 6.75 in. 1385x1055 pixels (453k)
Jane Corrigan; Changer, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 7.5 x 5.75 in.
Jane Corrigan; BYEEE, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.75 x 5 in.
Jane Corrigan; Dark Journey, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 6 x 5 in.
Jane Corrigan; Reprimand (brat), 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 4.75 x 6.5 in.
Jane Corrigan; Over the Bridge (Pumpkin Head), 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.5 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Changing (diaper), 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.75 x 6.75 in.
Jane Corrigan; Reprimand (stripes), 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 6 x 6.5 in.
Jane Corrigan; Thermos, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 6 x 7.75 in.
Jane Corrigan; Rotten Egg Carriage, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 7.25 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Stick Fight, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.5 x 7 in.
Jane Corrigan; Pickpocket (blue), 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5 x 6 in.
Jane Corrigan; Water 2 Earth, 2016; oil on gessoed paper; 5.25 x 6.5 in.