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“If everything is too much in what seems to be it’s proper place, I have to go back and throw it off balance...I believe in broken paintings"

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Les Rogers (b. 1966) is a New York-area based artist whose singular approach to painting demonstrates a decades-long investigation of a world increasingly saturated by media. Working primarily in oil, his sensitivity towards our fractured reality is represented in his intuitive and spontaneous approach to painting where historical influences collide and transform within a destabilized pictorial space. 

In his stylistically promiscuous images, Rogers predilection for painting’s traditions come up against his equal desire to undermine an image's stability resulting in intentionally irreverent and thus formally divergent works that have been described as “post-everything.” As he explains,” [my paintings] build upon this inclusive, encyclopedic and each year more comprehensive record—you can call it Proustian—but there’s so much to cover that my response tends to fluctuate. As long as I can look at each painting 20 years later and still learn from them who cares the style.”

Rogers has had solo shows at Leo Koenig Inc. (New York, NY); Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve (Paris); Allouche Benias (Greece); Half Gallery (New York, NY); Peter Makebish (New York, NY); The Happy Lion (Los Angeles, CA); Galerie Christina Wilson (Copenhagen, Denmark); Galerie Michael Janssen (Cologne, Germany); Karlheinz Meyer (Karlsruhe, Germany), Eleni Koroneu (Greece), MaisterraValbuena (Spain) and Galeria Marabini (Italy) among others. 

Rogers has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, Art in America, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.

Collections of note from sixteen countries include Susan and Michael Hort, Elton John, Jerry Speyer, Andy and Christine Hall, Harald Falkenberg, Marcel Brient, Rebecca and Marty Eisenberg, Jesse Dorsey, Patricia Asbaek, Christian and Cristina Cigrang, and Mark Rosman 

Les Rogers
b. 1966, New Jersey, USA

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Prometheus Now, Allouche Benias Gallery, Athens, Greece

On Our Way, Johannes Vogt, New York, NY

Stars Stars, Makebish, New York, NY

I Don’t Think You Knew You Were In This Song, Makebish, New York, NY

Carrie Moyer & Les Rogers, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, France
Summer Swells, Half Gallery, New York, NY

Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, France
Last House, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

Shadows Now, Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
Undertow, Galeria Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain

Late Night Paintings, Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France (cat.)

Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France (cat.)
Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany
Old School/with Torben Giehler, Armory Art Centre, Palm Beach, FLA
The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA

Galerie Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany

Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy
Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY
Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece

Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany

Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY

Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, USA
Brucennial 2012 – Harder. Betterer. Fasterer. Strongerer, Brucennial, New York, USA

CCA COLLECTION 2001-2011, KUNSTHALLE CCA Andratx, Andratx, Spain

New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art – Inaugural Exhibition, USA
Four Projects, Haunch Venison, New York, USA
Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, Apexart, New York, USA
Bushwick Schlacht! – Germany vs. USA – Painting Pop Up Show, New York, USA

Get It Right Back To Where We Started From…, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

FAXINATION, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Between Us…, Leo Koenig Inc, New York, USA

Accrochage, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhaguen, Denmark
5 year anniversary show, Galleri Christina Wilson, Copenhagen, Denmark

Self-Preservation Society, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

Galerie Rudolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Leo Koenig, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, USA
Swing Club, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany
The Dubrow Biennale, Kagan Martos Gallery, NYC

Come on Feel the Noise, Asbaek Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Centro Cultural Andratx, Spain

Les Rogers, Brad Kahlhammer, Millree Hughes, Patrick Gallery, New York, USA
Show, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, USA

Robinson, Walter, “Weekend Update,”, January 12.
Pruitt, Rob, “Esprit de Corps,” W Magazine, November 26.
Schiff, Stacy, “Will the Real Cleopatra Please Stand Up?,” W Magazine, October.
Coggins, David, “Full Frontal: An Interview with Les Rogers,” Huffington Post, July 29.
Froelich, Paula, “Yep, That’s Right… My Ass is an Oil Painting,” Sundance Channel, June 17.
Finch, Charlie, “Les is More,” ArtNet Magazine, January.

“Sightings,” New York Post, December 6.
Aleksander, Irina, “Mr Rogers’ Neighborhood: Painter Wows Speyer, Elton, Horts,” The New York Observer, December 1.
“Conceptuel,” Sur la Terre, September, p.115.
O’Neill, Joseph, “Democracy and Its Discontents, Why we crave a royal Michelle – and why we shouldn’t,” New York Mag, March 15, 2009

“Les Rogers,” Internazionale, May 9, p. 71.
Basile, Franco, “Dal New Jersey inseguendo Morandi,” Il resto del Carlino, May 14, p. XXXI.
Naldi, Paola, “Morandi e De Chirico ispirano Les Rogers,” La Rebubblica, May 15, p.XIII.
“Grandi dimensioni per piccoli capolavori,” Il Resto del Carlino, May 29, p.XXXIV.
Pozzati, Maura, “I mondi di morandi e de Chirico nella sintesi di Les Rogers,” Corriere della Sera, May 29, p.19.
“Les Rogers, Nel segno di Morandi e de Chirico,” Arte, May, p.200.
“Les Rogers,” Trendy Bologna, June, p.51.
“Les Rogers-Shadow Now,” TK Artkey Magazine. (Accessed May, 2008)., “Les Rogers – Shadows now.”
Undonet, “Les Rogers – Shadows now.”
Righi, Valentina, “Les Rogers colora la vita di Bologna,” Il Sole 24 Ore, June 4, p. 17.

Pasquariello, Lisa, “Les Rogers,” ArtForum, May, p. 290.
“Les Rogers,” The New Yorker, February 27, p. 16.

Paumgarten, Nick, “Salesman,” The New Yorker, Oct. 17, pp. 144-151, 153-155.

“Conceptual,” Sur La Terre, Paris, no. 16, p. 115.
Leydier, Richard, “La Rentree Rive Gauche, artpress, no. 307, Dec., pp. 83-84.
“Les Rogers,” Telerama Sortir, Expos, 11/20-26, p. 34.
“Les Rogers,” Telerama Sortir, Expos, 11/3-9, p. 34”Les Rogers,” Telerama Sortir, Expos, 10/27-11/2, p. 33.
“Les Rogers, New Paintings,” Paris Art, no. 7, Le Guide Sept. – Oct., p. 33.
Lavriador, Juicael, “Le Tour Des Galeries,” Beaux Arts, Sept., p. 38.
Sagne, Jean, “Les Rogers,” Paris Art, Sept.
Littman, Frankie Karlheinz Meyer: Les Rogers,” Klappeauf, Nov., p. 68.
“Les Rogers, New Paintings Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve,” Art Absolument, no. 10, Fall, p. 94.
Sjostrom, Jan, “Inheritors of a Tradition,” Palm Beach Daily News, Sunday April 25, pp A1-A3.
Schwan, Gary, Palm Beach Post, Art Notes, April 11.
Palm Beach Daily News, Arts & Entertainment, Friday, April 9.

Smith, P.C., Les Rogers at Leo Koenig, Art in America, March, p. 124-125.
Marinella Paderni, “Les Rogers,” Tema Celeste 95, January-February, p. 100.
Daniela Lotta, “Les Rogers,” Flash Art Italia, 237, December-January, p. 115.

ZIta, Carmen, “In Sight {20 Artists on the Rise} Les Rogers,” Trace Magazine, April.
Walter Guadagnini, “Nella chiesa sconsacrata Les Rogers fa l’americano,” la Repubblica, October 31, p. XI.
“Les Rogers,” Harper’s Bazaar (Greece) March.
“Die Ordnung der Unterwelt,” Frankfurter Allgemeine, Feb. 9.

Kramer, Brigitte, “Junge Wilde im Dorf,” Mallorca Magazin, Sept. 24-30, pp. 45-47.

Bivens, Heidi, “New York, New York,” Tokion Magazine, Sept.-Oct.
Kozlowski, Sara, Figaro, Japan, No. 156, p.151.
Yablonsky, Linda, “Art Collecting 101,” TimeOut NY, Nov.4, p. 20.

Howe, Susanna, “Players,” Paper Magazine, Nov., pp. 181-182.

Greenberg, Jill, “Shonen Knife in Les’ Studio,” Cream Magazine, March.

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