Actress Jemima Kirke shows off her artistic side
Jemima Kirke, "Cadence," 2013. Oil on canvas, 26" x 40"

Yep, you heard right. Jessa, the flighty, bohemian spirit from Girls is also a bona fide painter. In fact, the Rhode Island School of Design alumna considers herself an artist first and actress second. Before you roll your eyes in disbelief, have a look at her body of work.

In Platforms, her second solo show, Kirke unveils a series of moody oil paintings of friends and family. The Fouladi Projects? exhibit of all-female portraits is an intimate series that the artist painted in her Brooklyn brownstone. Her subjects, many of them nude, include her fitness trainer, Cadence Dubus; her friend Elaine; and her 3-year-old daughter, Rafa, adorably clothed in striped pajamas.

The portraits capture deep emotions. The intrusive glare in Lena?s eyes. The look of despair on Sarabeth?s face. The precociousness and focus of 6-year-old Sasha?s pose.

Kirke says that she considers herself lucky and knows full well that her spot on the national art scene is due, in part, to her role on the wildly popular HBO show. But one walk through this show and you?ll understand why Kirke is both a talented actress and an artist in her own right.

Runs through May 10; Fouladi Projects, 1803 Market St.; 415-621-2535 or fouladiprojects.com

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