Jane Corrigan’s paintings depict scenes drawn from her imagination. They evoke art history and popular culture – in particular the narrative forms of cinema and the novel, suggesting a kind of comic book impressionism. Jane Corrigan’s timeless works, always located in times and places that are difficult to determine, give her art a universal value.
Corrigan’s paintings and drawings of women and girls explore interiority by way of self-referential allegories and parodies. Executed in a wet-to-wet method, her paintings are generated by first “getting to know” her subjects via oil studies, which she describes as a process of “chasing” her subjects down through brush marks. Within these studies and drawings she discovers her characters for the works on canvas. Corrigan’s focus on solitary women and narrative came out of a desire to tease out a particular kind of female subjectivity.
Jane Corrigan (b. 1980 Shawville, Canada) studied fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA 2003), attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art (2002), and completed graduate studies at SUNY Purchase (MFA 2009). Corrigan had solo exhibitions at White Columns, Kerry Schuss, Retrospective, Feuer/Mesler, and Marinaro (New York). Group shows include: Sikkema Jenkins, New York; Wilkinson Gallery, London; Karma, New York; and Oakville Galleries, Canada, among others. She was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2013, and has been granted residencies at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been written about in various publications including the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artforum, Art in America, ArtNews and the Brooklyn Rail.
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga, NY (USA)
Collection Hydro-Québec (Canada)
Royal Bank of Canada (Canada)
MFA, Purchase College S.U.N.Y. Purchase, NY (USA), 2009
BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax (Canada), 2003
Yale Summer School of Art and Music Norfolk (USA), 2002