(b. 1984, American)
Vanessa Prager is an American artist, born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Known mainly for her large-scale, abstract oil paintings, Prager's main subject is the face. Perception, perspective and information flow are all central themes to her work, which became more widely recognized after her exhibition, Dreamers — a series of "imagined" portraits which cross the border between the figurative and the abstract— opened and sold out completely, in Spring 2015.
In January 2016, Prager's first solo exhibition in NYC, Voyeur, opened, with favorable reviews. The Huffington Post described the works as "densely layered paintings, with pigment applied so thickly it forms its own topography", elaborating that, "various strokes of color – a ribbon of white like a squirt of toothpaste, a sharp sliver of green like a fish darting by – come together to form different visual narratives."
In 2015, W Magazine described Prager's paintings "sculptural" and that "nameless characters are barely visible up-close, but at distance they seem rise out of frantic ether like ghosts." In 2011 Prager painted still of Ryan Gosling, for the New York Times film Touch of Evil: Cinematic Villainy From the Year’s Best Performers by photographer and filmmaker Alex Prager.
312 Bowery, NY, NY 10012
Feb 3, 2018- March 4, 2018
2017- Ultraviolet, Richard Heller Gallery, LA
2016 Voyeur, The Hole, NY
2015 Dreamers, Richard Heller Gallery, LA
2012 Hours, Richard Heller Gallery, LA
2012 The Moon is Down, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, SF
2018 Rarity Summer Contemporary Exhibition, Rarity Gallery Mykonos
2016 Expo Chicago solo booth, The Hole
2015 Russian Doll, M+B, LA
2015 In the Heat of the Night, Castor Gallery, NY
2015 The Blob, Richard Heller Gallery, LA
2014 Me and Benjamin, Galerie Xippas, Paris France
2014 Boy+Girl, The Salon at Automatic Sweat, LA
2013 Seven Sisters, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, SF
2013 Good Intentions, Subliminal Projects Gallery, LA