Warwick's Prosser finds 'inner peace' through artwork

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Zach Prosser, 25, of Warwick took part in his first Cranston art showing last week as the New Hope Art Gallery, located at the Cranston Enrichment Center at 1070 Cranston St., opened its Summer Show.

While Prosser is new to the gallery, it took just one day for one of his works to be purchased. The piece, titled “Cloudy Day” – part of Prosser’s “Atmospheric” series – was bought by a man from Newport for $800.

Prosser spoke about his journey as an artist.

“I have been creating and experimenting with acrylic paint for just four years,” he said. “My struggle with anxiety drove me to find an outlet, somewhere I could calm my thoughts and find inner peace.”

Prosser said he found that channeling his emotions and energy into his artwork allowed him to find himself while simultaneously progressing and developing techniques that define his unique presence in the art world.

“I started out sitting in my basement every night drawing images of whatever emotions I was feeling, unsure of where my journey would take me,” he said. “I transition through different series frequently, as I am currently creating a large collection of pineapple paintings while continuing to experiment with atmospheric and abstract cityscapes.”

Prosser is self-taught with no education in art other than one abstract workshop.

“Through my journey, my work has also taken on ideas of dream-like landscapes, celestial imagery and visual energy,” he said. “I exhibit primarily at art festivals around the state in hopes to not only allow others to view my work and relate to it in their own way, but also to inspire others to create, be different, and stand out in the world.”

For the last six years, Prosser has worked at Home Depot in North Kingstown as a department supervisor. He has been involved in Team Depot projects at the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter.

“I am now in the midst of my most successful year as an artist,” he said. “I have attended six art festivals with more to come, along with gallery showings.”

Prosser will be replacing the painting that was sold with another piece at the New Hope Art Gallery.

He is currently an exhibiting member of the Wickford Art Association and an associate member at the Westerly Artists Cooperative Gallery. He has studied with and been inspired by Providence artists Bob Dillworth and Anthony Tomaselli.

“I occasionally assist my art mentor, Anthony Tomaselli of Cranston, with his studio openings and gallery nights,” he said.

Prosser added: “Many people struggle with the same mental health issues I have dealt with, and I want to spread the message to everyone struggling that there is always hope. Surround yourself with what you love, and no matter how difficult life feels, it will all be worth it.”

Prosser’s next shows will be Aug. 10 at the East Providence Looff Art Festival and Sept. 14-15 at the Burrillville Art Festival. He will also show his work at the Tiverton Corners Festival and Scituate Art Festival in October.

“I will also be part of a group show at the University of Rhode Island’s gallery in October with a theme of anxiety and depression,” Prosser said.

The New Hope Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday. Regular hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except holidays.

To learn more about Prosser and his work, visit zachprosserart.com.

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