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Vanessa Prager


Moving in a bold, new direction with a series of large scale, multi-colored oil paintings, Vanessa Prager’s “imagined” portraits cross the border between the figurative and the abstract with diplomatic immunity. To quote the artist, “I made this series to tell stories and as with any story, you need to zoom-in to get the details and zoom-out to grasp the larger thematic concerns.” With layered brushstrokes Prager creates a sculptured-painting effect; the entire composition seems to melt, drip and fade out at first glance. But look long enough and you see a lone isolated face staring starkly out at you.

Prager sees the subjects of these portraits as being intimately involved in their own creation. They longingly wish to co-exist within the beautifully chaotic world they inhabit. They are not ashamed, but curious: about what will happen? Who will come? Will they be found, or found out?

Prager's works have been exhibited at galleries in New York and Los Angeles. Her participation in group museum exhibitions include Santa Monica Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Prager has received critical acclaim in national press including, W Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Flaunt, Angeleno Magazine, Huffington Post, LA Weekly and Nylon.

New works by Prager will be shown at Richard Heller Gallery's booth, B22, at the Seattle Art Fair August 4-7, 2016.




Born
Born in 1984, Los Angeles, CA
Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions
Solo Exhibitions

2017
New Works, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Upcoming)

2016
Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY

2015
Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Hours, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Moon is Down, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

2016
Seattle Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015
Behold!  The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Art Expo Chicago, Richard Heller Gallery, Chicago, IL
Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
In the Heat of the Night, Castor Gallery, New York, NY

2014
Me and Benjamin, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France
Boy+Girl, The Salon at Automatic Sweat, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Seven Sisters, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Good Intentions, Subliminal Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Portrait of A Generation, The Hole, New York, NY
High Five, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
MOCA Fresh, MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
California Girls, Katherine Cone Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Girls, girls, girls, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, New York, NY
Drawn, Subliminal Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Wreck the Walls, Subliminal Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Hunting and Gaming, Robert Berman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Big Show, Silas Marder Gallery, New York, NY
Under the Influence, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Crazy for Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Bibliography
2016
NY Magazine, The Approval Matrix, Feb 8-21
Michael Slenske, Painted Faces: Vanessa Prager's portraits bring online impressions into reality, Wallpaper.com, January 29
Priscilla Frank: Painter Vanessa Prager Talks Beauty and Makeup, and Art Too, Huffington Post, January 28
Purple.FR, Vanessa Prager Voyeur Exhibition Opening at The Hole, New York, January 28
Star Tracks - People Magazine, January 27, 2016
Wonderland Magazine, Video Premiere: 'Voyeur' - Vanessa Prager, January 27, www.wonderlandmagazine.com/2016/01/video-premiere-voyeur-vanessa-prager/

2015
Kat Herriman: For These 10 Contemporary Artists, Art Runs in the Family, Artsy Editorial, November 22
Kristen Farr: Vanessa Prager, Juxtapoz Magazine, April
Fred Armisen: “Dream Sequence,” Interview Magazine, February

2013
Matthew Bedard: “That Which is Intuited...,” Flaunt Magazine, Vol. 129, August, pp. 120-124
Adam Christian Clark: “Godspeed,” WeSC Magazine, Vol. 7, May, pp. 32-41

2012
Samia Armstrong: “Solo Show,” Genlux Magazine, Vol. 12, December, p. 112
Jean-Sebastien Stehli: “Artistes Histories D’Hommes,” Madame Figaro Magazine, No. 0416, October, p. 71
Rebecca Willa Davis: “Vanessa Prager Follows...,” Elle Magazine, online, May

2011
Liz Ohanesian: “Inside Vanessa Prager’s Studio: Artist…,” LA Weekly, June 1
Thais Gouveia: “Licoes de Uma Autodidata,” Lola Magazine, February, p. 46

2010
Jessica Gelt: “Artist Vanessa Prager Shows her Spare Side…,” Los Angeles Times, June 15

Collections
The Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
Private collections across the United States, England, Europe and the Middle East

 


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