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Vanessa Prager

In this new body of work, Vanessa Prager has started to move more freely and fluidly between figuration and abstraction. This is an important evolution from her last show at the gallery, which featured portraiture almost exclusively. The portraits are still there in the mix and some full figures are also starting to emerge but the overall trend is moving toward the inclusion of colorful, luscious, painterly abstraction. Another impressive achievement is Prager's ramping up of her scale: two of the new paintings measure 8 x 12 feet. With this scale shift the viewer is invited to more fully enter the space of the paintings; they become experiential.

This is Prager’s third solo exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery, and she has had numerous solo exhibitions on both coasts. Her work has also been included in various group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally, and at art fairs around the United States.

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

Solo Exhibitions

Ultraviolet, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY
EXPO Chicago, The Hole, Chicago, IL (solo booth)

Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

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

Group Exhibitions

Dallas Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Dallas, TX
Beheaded, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Tantamount, Castor Gallery, New York, NY
Sigh..., The Lodge, Los Angeles, CA

Seattle Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Seattle, WA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crazy for Cult, Gallery 1988, Los Angeles, CA

Selected Bibliography
Art and Cake, Vanessa Prager: Ultraviolet at Richard Heller Gallery, Amy Kaeser, June 15:
Elephant Magazine, 5 Questions with Vanessa Prager, Emily Steer: | Creators, Self-Taught Painter Sculpts Monumental Portraits With Oil Paint, Tanja M. Laden:
Berlin Art Link, Exhibition // 'Ultraviolet' at Richard Heller Gallery: An Interview with Vanessa Prager:

NY Magazine, The Approval Matrix, Feb 8-21
Michael Slenske, Painted Faces: Vanessa Prager's portraits bring online impressions into reality,, 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,

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

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

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

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

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

The Miniature Museum of Contemporary Art, Amsterdam
Works held in private collections both in the United States and Internationally.


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