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Joshua Halger Biography

Joshua Hagler’s vast oil paintings call for a reappraisal of perceived wisdom regarding everything from Christian mysticism and cultural identity to prophecy and philosophy. Hagler embarks on a semiotic quest: to dig down and uncover a substrate layer of society, to invert the cliched insignia that we are wont to attach to modern phenomena.

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Hagler interrogates his own middle American upbringing, the 19th Century exploration of North America, modern science-fiction and the techniques and traditions of Italian religious art. He responds with grand paintings which represent an excavation of time – layers of semi-realistic figures and historic scenes are distorted by marks, smears, cuts and puddles which render the images partially abstract, partially mnemonic. “I want the paintings to have the feeling of vague recollection, a memory that starts to form but disappears,” Hagler said.

Joshua Hagler was born in Mountain Home, Idaho in 1979 and spent his formative years living between rural Illinois and Arizona. Hagler graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2002 and currently works and resides alongside his partner Maja Ruznic, a fellow contemporary painter, in Los Angeles, California. Since 2006, Hagler has exhibited at both group and solo shows in galleries and museums across North and South America, Europe, and Australia. In the summer of 2017, he was awarded a place on MICA’s Alfred and Trafford Klots Program for Artists in Brittany, France and undertook a year-long Roswell Artist in Residence Program in New Mexico. His project proposal for a large-scale installation and exhibition was chosen by the Brand Library and Art Center in Los Angeles was debuted in the summer of 2018.

Hagler was one of the featured artists in our Summer Group Show Looking For U, an exhibition exploring themes of identity and communication in the modern age. His first solo show at Unit London was Chimera which opened in July 2019 at Unit London Mayfair.

Joshua Halger Featured Artworks

Animal Dream by Joshua Halger contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Joshua HalgerAnimal Dream, 2021Mixed media on canvas, linen, and burlap
203 x 154 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
The Fourteenth Station by Joshua Halger contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Joshua HalgerThe Fourteenth Station, 2021Mixed media on canvas, burlap, bedsheet, linen
226 x 220 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
Someone Appearing in the Field by Joshua Halger contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Joshua HalgerSomeone Appearing in the Field, 2021Mixed media on linen
152 x 122 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery
The Hour (Newborn) by Joshua Halger contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture, photography, print
Joshua HalgerThe Hour (Newborn), 2021Mixed media on canvas and burlap
305 x 549 cm
Unit London Contact Gallery

Joshua Halger Recent Exhibitions

Joshua Halger Represented By

Unit London contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Unit London London
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