"I am attracted to certain things in the real world, from my subconscious, from dreams, Art History and contemporary artists. I incorporate objects from the real world- buckets, doors, broken windows, dirt and all kinds of found material. I boil it down to an essence that approximates my feelings. My vision is Dystopian and absurdist. My attacks and defenses are abstract in that there are no good guys or bad guys, only victims and victimizers and the innocent. I am Not making an overtly political statement because that would dull their potency. I paint from a place of utter calm as my process dictates. I do Not feel anything as I work. Only the formal elements of the work engage me and I am present and alert so as to be able to capture what is already there in me and not try and- paint it. There is no catharsis. I always pick up from where I was. I can travel back in time and take from my own work what I may need today. My own history is a source of images that I draw on occasionally. I try to make new what was there from the start, from a long time ago, all the way back to my childhood. In my childhood some things resonated very powerfully and they have found there expression in my art now. I didn't know why they did like a certain color green I saw one day in Chinatown at night which struck me so profoundly that I never forgot it. I use that green now."
Prol's work is in many private and public collections including the Smithsonian Libraries Collection, Hirschhorm Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT Contemporary Museum of Art, Chicago, Holocaust Museum, Washington DC, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the Guggenheim Museum. A Retrospective of Rick Prol's work was featured at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in 2012.