Fine artist Jemima Kirke is best known for her roles in Tiny Furniture and the HBO series Girls, both created by friend Lena Dunham.  In the second season of Girls, Jemima’s character Jessa paints a portrait of her then-husband, a scene which miffed Kirke, “I was a little pissed at the moment, when I saw that painting as a prop…It’s just a little close to home.  And only because I have been been very vocal about the fact that I make artwork, so I don’t want this to be seen as mine.  Not that there was anything wrong with it; it just wasn’t me.”  Kirke’s paintings are influenced by the work of Edouard Mamet and Lucian Freud and one can sense a bit of Francesco Clemente in her portraits.  As her website describes the work, “By turns both heart-breakingly intimate and ultimately entirely distant, Kirke flees from obvious representations of her subject matter to focus on underlying darkness and the interplay of pathology that exists between artist and the person studied.  Her practice highlights the uncanny moment of fusion between the sitter’s projected identity and the internal character that the artist imposes upon her subject.”  She is currently signed on to portray Jessa in season three of Girls.  For more information regarding Kirke’s fine art, please click here.

Untitled by Jemima Kirke, 2006

Untitled by Jemima Kirke, 2006

Noah by Jemima Kirke, 2012

Noah by Jemima Kirke, 2012

Lola by Jemima Kirke, 2005

Lola by Jemima Kirke, 2005

Untitled by Jemima Kirke, 2006

Untitled by Jemima Kirke, 2006

Heather and Emma by Jemima Kirke, 2011

Heather and Emma by Jemima Kirke, 2011

-Jayme Catalano

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