Vanessa Prager

Vanessa Prager

b. 1984

Lives and works in Los Angeles


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.


Solo Exhibitions


Bird Watching, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin, Germany


In The Pink, The Hole, New York, NY

Soft Serve , Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery , London , England


Ultraviolet, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Voyeur, The Hole, New York, NY


Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Hours, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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


Group Exhibitions


Go figure!, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

LAC , Richard Heller Gallery , Los Angeles , CA


ALAC, The Hole, Los Angeles, CA

Dallas Art Fair , The Hole, Dallas , TX

How They Ran , Over The Influence , Los Angeles , CA

EXTRA , The Hole , New York , NY


Russian Doll, M+B, Los Angeles, CA


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

The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


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, California


Select Press


Jasmin Hernandez , “ Behind Vanessa Prager’s Sweetness in “In The Pink” , Lies Nastiness , Gallery Gurls


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


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



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