Painting

Vanessa Prager Turns the Brush on Herself

May 13, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles

Vanessa Prager's upcoming exhibition at Richard Heller Gallery will feature more than a dozen new works, a series of self-portraits, which move fluidly between figuration and abstraction. 

Vanessa Prager Blue Velvet 2017 2777 412

Prager's work has garnered critical acclaim for its rich impasto, which bends and refracts light across deeply layered three-dimensional surfaces, offering the viewer a variation of perspectives. Up close see the varying rhythms and nuances in the artist's brush strokes and stratified layers of paint. There is a physicality that needs to be explored in an up close and personal way. However, pull back from the work and the light again shifts, revealing a face or a figure slyly staring back at you, as if to say "what took you so long?"

Vanessa Prager No Shrinking Violet 2017 Diptych 2776 412

Ultraviolet marks an important evolution for Prager as she turns the brush on herself, revealing who she is, or possibly who she wants to be. Full figures are also beginning to emerge, but overall she moves toward the inclusion of colorful, luscious, painterly abstraction. Another impressive achievement is Prager's ramping up of her scale: one of the new paintings, No Shrinking Violet, measures 8 x 12 feet, inviting the viewer to more completely enter her assumed world; they become experiential.

Opening reception: May 13th, 2017 from 6-8pm.