Vanessa Prager

 

 

Vanessa Prager’s rich impasto surfaces revel in the tactile, physical potential of oil paint, innovatively rethinking one of art’s most storied and sacred genres: the portrait. Working under the auspices of neo-expressionism, Prager’s canvases all but dispense with the traditional goals of portraiture – capturing a sitter’s personality, emotional state and physical likeness – prioritizing, instead, the literal qualities of paint. Her work has appeared in group exhibitions on both coasts and internationally, while recent solo exhibitions include Voyeur at The Hole in New York and Ultraviolet at Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles.

 

Vanessa Prager

b. 1984

Lives and works in Los Angeles

 

Solo Exhibitions

2017

Ultraviolet, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2016  

Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY

 

2015

Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

2012

Hours, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Moon is Down, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

Group Exhibitions

2015

Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA

 

2015

In the Heat of the Night, Castor Gallery, New York, NY

The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

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, California

 

Select Press

2017

Emily Steer, “5 Questions with Vanessa Prager,” Elephant Magazine

 

2016

Michael Slenske, “Painted Faces: Vanessa Prager’s portraits bring online impressions into reality,”                                            Wallpaper, January 29

“Through the Peep Hole: An Interview with Vanessa Prager,” Autre, February 25

Priscilla Frank, “Painter Vanessa Prager Talks Beauty and Makeup, And Art Too,” The Huffington Post, January 28

“Voyeur: Vanessa Prager at The Hole,” Artlyngo, January 27

 

2015

Kristin Farr, “Vanessa Prager,” Juxtapoz Magazine, April

Fred Armisen, “Dream Sequence,” Interview Magazine, February 20

“Vanessa Prager’s Sculptural Paintings,” W Magazine, February 19

 

2014

Nara Shin, “Vanessa Prager’s Dreamers,” Cool Hunting, July 24

 

2013

Matthew Bedard, “That Which is Intuited…”, Flaunt Magazine, vol. 129, August, p. 120-124

Adam Christian Clark, “Godspeed”, WeSC Magazine, vol. 7, May, p. 32-41

Rebecca Willa Davis, “Vanessa Prager Follows…”, Elle Magazine, online, May

 

2012

Armstrong, Samia: “Solo Show”, Genlux Magazine, vol. 12, December, p. 112

Jean-Sebastien Stehli, “Artistes Histories D’Hommes”, Madame Figaro Magazine, no 0416, October, p. 71

 

2011

Liz Ohanesian, “Inside Vanessa Prager’s Studio: Artist…”, LA Weekly, June

Gouveia, Thais: “Licoes de Uma Autodidata”, Lola Magazine, February, p. 46

 

2010

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

 

Collections

Works held in private collections across the United States, and England