About the Artist
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.