Since the 1990s Nicole Eisenman has garnered attention with her figurative paintings tha playfully cross stylistic and compositional elements from the history of art with comics, slapstick, TV culture, pornography, and subcultural image strategies.
Central to Eisenman's oeuvre is a complex, excessive, drawing-based work that comprises all the classical picture genres as well as a wit formulated between the outrageous and the idiotic. Nicole Eisenman's work is an inspired and gleeful deconstruction of conventions in art and society and it questions social models above all by reversing the clichés of female and male roles. It is about power and powerlessness, about art and commerce, consumerism and sex, about the possibilities made available by professionalism and dilettantism, and how artistic success and everyday life are constructed. [publisher's note]