Rod PROUSE – Painter
Rod is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, exhibits mainly in painting and printmaking and recently photo-based and video art. His professional career has given him 27 solo exhibitions, and as many group exhibitions across Canada, the U.S.A., England and Germany. Solo exhibitions have included such institutions as the McMichael Canadian Colection and the MacLaren Art Centre.
Over the years, he has received numerous teaching and project grants, as well as awards of recognition for photogaphy and design. He has sat as juror for exhibitions and for Ontario Arts Council grants, and has been an artist in residence at Open Studio, Georgian College and Claude Watson School of the Arts.
“At the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement the critic, Clement Greenberg claimed ‘there is nothing left in nature for the plastic arts to explore’, yet for me the here and now of rocks, trees, water and sky hints of messages that need to be conveyed. Through art I try to decode and express the feelings I have as an individual confronted with the force of a natural environment. This makes me restless and probably places me somewhere in the Romantic art tradition.”
Rod Prouse lives beside Georgian Bay inspired by its wind, rocks and waters.