The Ohio State University at Lima

Farmer Family Gallery

Artist Rick Prol's exhibition “A Rogues’ Gallery: Works from the 1980s” will be the first virtual exhibition at Ohio State Lima's, Farmer Family Gallery. The initial exhibition opened February 27th and was scheduled to run through the end of April but was cut short in early March by Covid 19.

Prol was born and raised in NYC where he currently lives and works. He attended Cooper Union College in 1980 and began showing his work publicly in 1982 – during the then burgeoning East Village art scene.

Prol’s work exemplified and helped define with “anarchical impudence” the more dangerous and harrowing aspects of urban reality with images both horrific and absurd and also with a touch of humor. In the March 2004 issue of Art in America, Edward Leffingwell affirms Prol as the “Veteran Master of Gothic Angst.” Prol utilizes a language that is accessible and direct, but also filled with sly and knowing art historical references. To this day Prol’s aesthetic employs Art Brut Expressionism to convey images of human folly and suffering in a variety of media including – sculpture, installations, paintings, drawings and writings. More than a dozen of his early works are included in the exhibition, mostly oil on canvas.

“A Rogues’ Gallery: Works from The 1980s” will be the first virtual exhibition in The Farmer Gallery. The closing date has not yet been set. Please check back later for news of upcoming exhibitions.

Virtual Gallery

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