the artist

Daina Higgins

Daina Higgins

Philadelphia, PA

Daina Higgins

When Daina Higgins moved to Philadelphia, she began to commute by car for the first time in her life.  Her daily commutes took her through the inner-ring suburbs of Philadelphia and she began to document the unsung landscapes of Northeast, Northwest, and South Philadelphia in her paintings.  As a painter of the urban landscape, her eye is drawn to the “non-places” and “unheroic landscapes” not visited by tourists or beauty seekers.  For Higgins, the car is itself a type of non-space within a suburban non-place, where life is reduced to essentials.  Still, there is a visual interest in the way light reflects off shop windows and car windshields in the sparkling world of the auto-centric main drag.  It is this type of everyday world that is heroic to Higgins.  North Philly, South Philly, A Day in Venice, and For Sale capture the isolation and contemplation that car travel provides.

Fast Facts

Name: Daina Higgins


Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio

School of Visual Arts, 2001, BFA
Queens College City University of New York, 2009, MFA

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Melissa Meyer

Particular field of study or class work:
Urban landscapes

Major influences/admired artists:
William Eggleston
Edward Hopper
Raymond Carver
Eugene Atget
Valeri Larko
Rackstraw Downes
John Moore
Steve Powers

Favorite materials or media:
Oil paint
Spray paint

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York
Joseph Editions, Columbus, Ohio

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