The Ohio State University at Lima


Gallery opening: Rick Prol – A Rogues’ Gallery: Works From The 1980s

February 20, 2020

image of Rick Prol painting Que Hora

image of Rick Prol painting Simple Art

image of Rick Prol painting Quarelle

image of artist Rick Prol with a painting

Artist Rick Prol will be at the Farmer Family Gallery at The Ohio State University at Lima to open his show, A Rogues’ Gallery: Works From The 1980s, from 4-6 p.m., Thur., Feb. 27, 2020, in Reed Hall. The opening and show are free and open to the public.

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 Prol utilizes a language that is accessible and direct, but also filled with sly and knowing art historical references.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 will be on display at Ohio State Lima, mostly oil on canvas.

“A Rogues’ Gallery: Works From The 1980s” will be in the Farmer Gallery from Feb. 27-April 16, 2020. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The gallery will be closed March 9-13.