A painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Nicole Eisenman draws on both popular culture and classical imagery in order to create works that simultaneously reference art history and comment on contemporary culture. Eisenman’s work is variable, ranging from colored abstract compositions to realist works created in the classical style, and she has consequently proven herself compotent in and comfortable with all facets and styles of painting. Her subject matter reflects this flexibility as well: her works are just as likely to feature friends gathered around a drink-filled table as they are to depict grand adventures, like a deep-sea diving expedition.
Eisenman has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, the Berkeley Art Museum, Studio Voltaire in London, the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, and Kunsthalle Zurich. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions at the New Museum in New York, the Whitney Biennial, Prospect.2 New Orleans, and the Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Eisenman was the recipient of the Carnegie Prize for the 2013 Carnegie International.