Kathy Ager (1981) is a Canadian-born oil painter based in Vancouver. Her work has been featured in Juxtapoz, Print, High Fructose and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Brand collaborations include Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, NOCTA, and Real Skateboards.

Ager creates detailed still lifes that feel simultaneously Baroque and acerbically modern. Inspired by the 17th-Century Golden Age of Dutch and Spanish painting, her imagery uses historical visual rhetoric to deliver intensely personal and emotively charged themes. 

The seductive darkness with which Ager reveals universal human longings is both disarming and consuming. Broken hearts are offered up as organs in a bowl, skeletal memento mori abound, and dating feels about as abject in the modern world as butchery; books are stacked with suggestive spines, and flowers wither while fruit threatens to decay. The abattoir is never far from the transcendent ambitions of classical statuary in Ager’s world, while beauty is embroiled in the vulnerability of intimacy and self-exposure.  

Nike, NOCTA, Polo Ralph Lauren, Real Skateboards

Thinkspace — Los Angeles

Astro (group) — Astro Studio, Vancouver

Tapas (group) — Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles
Fool’s Gold (solo) Thinkspace Gallery at MOAH Lancaster, Lancaster, California
Years of Thinkspace (group) Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles

100 Amigos (group) — El Kartel, Vancouver
Golden Age (solo) — Thinkspace Gallery, Los Angeles
The New Classics (group) — Galerie COA, Montréal
Pow! Wow! Exploring The New Contemporary Movement (group) — Honolulu Museum of Art School 

SCOPE Miami Beach 2018, Thinkspace Booth (group) — SCOPE, Miami FL
The New Vanguard II (group) — The Lancaster MOAH, Lancaster CA
Nexus II (group) — The Brand Library and Arts Center, Glendale CA
LAX / PDX II (group) — Antler Gallery, Portland OR

Witches Brew (group) — Teatro Praga, Lisbon, Portugal

Cover Artist — Label Magazine, Warsaw, Issue #38
Feature interview — JOIA Magazine, Santiago, Issue #57
Kathy Ager’s ‘Golden Age’ Paintings Collapse Time — hi fructose.com

INTERVIEW: Kathy Ager ‘GOLDEN AGER @ THINKSPACE PROJECTS — beautifulbizzare.net

“The Golden Age” by Artist Kathy Ager
— booooooom.com

Cover artist and feature article — Bitchslap Magazine, Copenhagen, Issue #31

The Look Of Love: A Studio Visit With Amsterdam-Based Painter, Kathy Ager —  Juxtapoz.com
Selected Artist — ARTMAZE Magazine, Anniversary Issue 5