Joshua Hagler

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News Reaches the Family, 2017 Mixed Media On Canvas 72 X 96 In. © Joshua Hagler
"News Reaches the Family" study 1 , 2017 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 18 X 24 In. © Joshua Hagler
News Reaches the Family (study 3), 2017 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 18 X 24 In. © Joshua Hagler
"True to Their Promise, the Chums Meet Again", 2017 Mixed Media On Canvas 75 X 83 In.
"True to Their Promise, the Chums Meet Again and Again and Again" study, 2017 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Canvas 18 X 24 In.
"True to Their Promise, the Chums Meet Again and Again" study, 2017 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 18 X 24 In.
"Lethe (Missouri River, 1565, 1811, 2016)", 2016 Mixed Media On Canvas 72 X 60 In.
Out Beyond the Lodge, 2017 Mixed Media On Canvas 63 X 75 In. © Joshua Hagler
Cahokia, 2017 Mixed Media On Canvas 84 X 96 In.
"Window", 2017 Mixed Media On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 24 X 36 In.
Riverbed I, 2016 Mixed Media On Canvas 35 X 32 In.
Riverbed II, 2016 Mixed Media On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 18.5 X 36 In.
Riverbed III, 2016 Mixed Media On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panels 24 X 36 In.
"Inner Ear", 2016 Mixed Media On Canvas 36 X 36 In.
"Nine Explorers in the Same Space at the Same Time", 2016 Mixed Media On Canvas 75 X 83 In.
"A message arrives from across the river detailing a number of chance encounters and strange coincidences leading up to this moment. It concludes with a heartfelt metaphor about the closing and opening of doors. What is a doorway, you think. What is a me, 2016 Mixed Media On Canvas 72 X 120 In.
A Voice on the Line Mixed Variable
"Hunter In The Snow" I, 2016 Oil On Canvas 60 X 80 In.
Hunter In The Snow II, 2016 Oil On Canvas 60 X 80 In.
"The Adopted" gallery installation, 2015
"What Plays Dead, Lies Breathing Breathing Beneath Rocks or Between Winds", 2014 Oil On Canvas 75 X 83 In.
"Et in Arcadia Ego", 2014 Oil On Wood Panel 48 X 60 In.
And then later that night, you were lying, looking up at the ceiling and the water in your head was not dissimilar from the landscape, and you think to yourself, ‘why is it that the landscape is moving but the boat is still?, 2014 Oil On Canvas 48” X 36” © Courtesy of the Artist and Jack Fischer Gallery
"A Taxidermic Initiant (Someday I Will Be Chief)", 2015 Mixed Media On Two Canvases 120 X 144 In.
The Stranger, 2015 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 18 X 24 In.
"Subterranean Proverb I", 2015 Ink, Oil On Polyester Film Mounted On Wood Panel 11 X 14 In.
"The Imagined Chase" gallery installation, 2012
"The Evangelists", 2010-12 Two Channel Animated Video Installation, 12 Minute Loop Variable
The Birth (in three acts) , 2011 Digital 3 D Models, Inkjet Print On Canvas, Oil, Silicone, Collage On Canvas With Steel Frames 80 X 126 In 203 X 320 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Frey Norris Gallery
"True To Their Promise, The Chums Meet Again", 2017 Mixed Media On Canvas 75 X 83 In. © 2017
Quick Facts
Mountain Home, Idaho
Birth year
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Hometown, New York | Swerdlow Projects, Miami | Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Lethe, Brand Library and Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

2017 In The House is a Room into which Every River Empties, Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX

2017 Missouri Parallels, Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016 The Adopted, JAUS Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (traveling)

2015 The Adopted, Brandstater Gallery at La Sierra University, Riverside, CA (traveling)        

2014 My Name is Nobody, Avis Frank Gallery, Houston, TX

2014 Romancing The West, Galleri Oxholm, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013 The Unsurrendered, Figure One Gallery at University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

2012 In The Box Beneath The City, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

2012 The Imagined Chase, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA

2011 Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL (traveling)

2011 Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena, Carlo V Castle, Lecce, IT

2009 72 Virgins to Die For, Frey Norris Contemporary and Modern, San Francisco, CA

2007 Bring Us Rapture, Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Two-person Exhibitions

2014 Among The Missing, with Maja Ruznic, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2011 Vessel Traces, with Joseph Cohen, San Giovanni di Dio Church, Lecce, Italy

2010 Joshua Hagler and Mayumi Ishino, Babel Visningsrom for Kunst, Trondheim, Norway

2010 Nearly Approaching Never to Pass, with George Pfau, Reaves Gallery, New York, NY

2008 Behemoth, with Michael Ritch, Reaves Gallery, San Francisco, CA


Selected Group Exhibitions


2017     With Liberty and Justice for Some, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

2016    Over The Hills, Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

    Hysterical Fiction, La Estacion Arte Contemporaneo, Chihuahua, Mexico

    Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    In the Mix, Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    Design and its Dimensions, Moore Building, Miami, FL 

2015     Sincerely Yours, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

    Angels with Dirty Faces, Galleri Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria

    Tallahassee International, Florida State University Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL

    52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA

2014     Exquisite Corpse, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX 

    Draftpunk 2.0, Mid-Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2013     Transreal Topologies, Royal Institute, Adelaide, Australia

    What the Mouth Sees, Alter Space, San Francisco, CA 

2012     Optic Nerve, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL

    Against the Grain, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011    Emerge, 101/Exhibit, Miami, FL

2010     I am Solitary I am an Army, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    Artopia, exhibiting SF Weekly Grant Finalists, Project One Gallery, San Francisco

    Black Lab, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

    Paint, Manifest Creative Research Center, Cincinnati, OH

2009     Echo, Frey Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Summer Group Show, Galerie Van Campen & Rochtus, Antwerp, BE

    A Certain Amount of Uncertainties, AA Dock, Brussels, BE

2008     Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausolito, CA

    30 under 30, Varnish Fine Art, San Francisco, CA    

2007     Selections 2007, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Faithfully, Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    Your Gallery, in association with The Saatchi Gallery, The Guardian, London, UK

2004     Contemporary Perspectives, MoCA at the Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA 



Awards and Residencies

2016 Dave Bown Award, Helga Christoffersen, Assistant Curator, New Museum, New York 

2015 Juror’s Circle Prize, Sandra Firmin, Chief Curator, Colorado University Art Museum

2015 Studio System Art Residency, Torrance Art Museum, one month, Torrance, CA

2013 In Residence at University of Illinois School of Art and Design, one week, Champaign, IL

2012 Jail Cell Residency at Alter Space, three months, San Francisco, CA

2011 Martignano International Residency for Artists, six months, Martignano, Italy

2010 Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, artist in residence, one month, Trondheim, Norway 

2009 Best of the Bay Area 2009, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco, CA 

2008 University of Arizona Young Alumni Award, Tucson, AZ

2007 Finalist -- Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award, Sausolito, CA

2007 Xeric Foundation Grant

2006 Awarded exhibition by the Guardian to exhibit at the newspaper’s gallery in London    


Selected Press



Venison Magazine, interview, Summer issue, San Francisco, CA

Artist Decoded, episode 12 podcast interview, Jan, 2015, Sacramento, CA

Artsy, review by Karen Kedmey, Feb. 2015, New York, NY 

AF Art Magazine, artist feature, Jan, 2015, Copenhagen, DK

New York Times Style Magazine, “The Art World’s Most Daring—and Fun—Season”, feature by Alina Cohen, July 28,2016



Ink and Other, Episode 2 video profile,, Nov. 2015, Los Angeles, CA 

Vogue (Italy), one-page artist profile, June, 2015, Italy

Fabrik Magazine, “Eight LA Artists You Should Know,” feature by Max Presneill, issue 26



The New York Times, San Francisco Edition, “Among the Missing,” feature by Christian Frock, April 28, 2014 

San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area weekend picks, Chronicle staff report, May 7, 2014

Art Ltd. Magazine, “Among the Missing” review by DeWitt Cheng, July/August 2014

Square Cylinder, “Among the Missing” review by Mikko Lautamo, May 18, 2014

Pickled Matter: New Faces in Contemporary Art Vol. 1, featured work, Nov. 2014



Juxtapoz Magazine, 10-page interview by Gabe Scott, September, 2013

San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area art picks: “In the Box Beneath the City,”  Mary Eisenhart, 

Jan. 2, 2013, San Francisco, CA 

San Francisco Bay Guardian, “Fair Play: Notable locals at this year’s big artMKT and ArtPadSF shows,” feature by Matt Fischer, May 14, 2013, San Francisco, CA

Viralnet, an online academic resource produced by CalArts, “To Be Announced,” essay by Courtney Malick, September, 2013

Join the Studio, featured interview,, August, 2013



San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area art picks: “The Evangelists,”  Kenneth Baker, April 19, 2012, San Francisco, CA 

Visual Art Source,, review by DeWitt Cheng, Woodland Hills, CA Critical Miami, Optic Nerve 14 at MoCA,, September 20, 2012, Miami, FL



Beautiful/Decay Magazine, Joshua Hagler,  feature by Andy Ritchie, book 5 

Arskey Magazine, review by Chiara Miglietta, August 8, 2011, Italy 

Artcards, Joshua Hagler at 101/exhibit,, review by Brinson Renda, 10.10.11



Beautiful/Decay Magazine, featured work, Book 3, March, 2010 

SF Weekly, “Masterminds 2010,” feature by Reyhan Harmanci, Vol. 29, No. 4



ARTnews Magazine, “Echo,” review by Kenneth Baker, Vol. 108, No. 11

San Francisco Magazine, “Enrich Thyself: the finest art at the finest prices,” feature by Michael Jang, San Francisco, CA

SF Bay Guardian, “Local Artist of the Week: Joshua Hagler,” February 4, San Francisco, CA

ARTslant, “Ever Heard of a Ritual Killing?” review by Jolene Torr, San Francisco, CA



2015-17 Adjunct Professor of Painting and Art History, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA 

2017 Visiting Artist, Mills College, Oakland, CA

2017 Exhibition Juror/Lecturer, Indiana University East, Richmond, IN

2016 Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2013 Visiting Artist, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

2010 Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley, CA

2007 Visiting Artist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ


Special Projects

2016-17 Writer of How to Give a Shit, monthly column, Venison Magazine, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Curator, “What The Mouth Sees,” Alter Space, San Francisco, CA

2007-2008 Founder and Director of 5 Mined Fields Studio, exhibition space, Berkeley, CA



2002 BFA, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. First-generation college graduate, with honors

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