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

Solo Exhibitions

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

Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY

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

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
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
Private collections across the United States, England, Europe and the Middle East


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