STATEMENT: My work has recently shifted from painting landscapes to looking at landscape as a vessel that poses visual questions and suggests narrative. This new work is process driven. There is minimal preliminary planning involved. The process maps place through constructing layered passages of mark-making and imaging, of revealing and concealing, of tagging objects and unveiling dialogues. As in a story, a painted narrative is revealed. The intention is to create an ambiguous, immersive environment that promotes a discussion with the viewer.
BRIEF BIO: Rod Prouse, a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, 1968, exhibits mainly in painting, printmaking, photo-based and video art. His professional career has so far seen 40 solo exhibitions, and as many group exhibitions across Canada, and in the U.S.A., England and Germany. Solo exhibitions have included such public institutions as the McMichael, Koffler, MacLaren, Agnes Jaimeson, Open Studio, Quest..
Over the years, he has received numerous teaching and project grants, as well as awards of recognition for photography and design. In 2017 he received the ‘Excellence in Culture Award’ from the town of Midland and in 2018 an OAC ‘Established Artist ‘ creative grant. His work is included in private collections in Europe, Asia and North America.
His current paintings reference Canadian landscape in a refreshing contemporary style. Rod lives beside Georgian Bay inspired by its wind, rocks and water.