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James Prosek: Ocean Fishes: Paintings of Saltwater Fish Hardcover – October 9, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (October 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847839079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847839070
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Prosek urges people to see nature, and especially the fish he loves so dearly, in a new light: Forget taxonomic checkboxes and biodiversity and ecosystem services, and think about a single creature's life." ~Wired Magazine

“A must-have for everyone from the art lover to the saltwater angler, OCEAN FISHES is a treasure from our vast and mysterious seas.” ~The Manual.com -The Essential Guide for Men

"What Prosek asks you to do is to open your eyes to the beauty of the world, and then think of how ephemeral that beauty is, and how death is always there amidst the beauty. At a time, in winter, when most of us will be indoors and few of us will be out with nature, spending some time with  Prosek is good for the soul.” ~The Art Blog.org

"With Ocean Fishes: Paintings of Saltwater Fish, James Prosek demonstrates his steady growth as an artist since his well-known 1996 Trout: An Illustrated History, which—although Prosek was just out of college when that book was published—demonstrated a mastery of the art of painting fish species with an accuracy so vivid the result seemed almost unreal. But natural history illustration, valuable as it is in any era, has often taken a backseat to painting, a more imaginative and perhaps a more expressive art. In assaying the representation of marine fishes, Prosek not only sticks to his mission as an illustrator who wants to depict species with a strict eye to accuracy of form and color, but he also emerges as an interpreter of nature into the realm of the painterly. The 35 marine game species brilliantly depicted here—in full form and in detail views—glow with the imaginative suggestiveness of accurate illustration carried out at the level of Prosek's intense attention, a paradox I can only imagine the still-young artist and naturalist enjoys exploring. You can truly enjoy Prosek's mesmerizing renditions of barracudas, tarpon, blue marlin, and the rest."---Gray's Sporting Journal

"Prosek, who is a naturalist and adventurer, but also a very good writer and painter, has traveled the world fishing its oceans, and in Ocean Fishes paints a picture, in words and images, that is beautiful and yet alarming. As the publisher says, this book contains the author’s “quiet conservation statement.” ~Publishers Weekly

“James Prosek’s latest project, Ocean Fishes, presents a range of big game fish—sailfish, bonefish, blue marlin, barracuda—in dazzling close-up, with a directness at odds with the genre’s history of artful subterfuge. The fish are life-size and alive in their glistening particulars. Prosek, an expert fisherman who has written and illustrated several books on aquatic life, handles his medium—watercolor; appropriately—with masterful delicacy, capturing the rose blush of the speckled cod, the pearly gills of a barracuda, the Yves Klein-blue iridescence of the swordfish.” ~Town and Country

“The book represents Prosek’s goal to paint the ocean’s most pursued sport fish in life size...The resulting paintings are of fish that seem lifted from the water and slapped onto the pages during that time, as only an angler knows, when a fish has all of its living color.” ~GardenandGun.com

“This is more than a book. It’s a collection of heartfelt art that captures the interest, the intellect, the imagination, and the inherent emotions of anyone with an affinity for the sea and a fascination with the array of creatures that dwell therein. Like Audubon, Prosek is a master at capturing the natural beauty of his natural subjects. As such this volume is a master’s piece, more than worthy of coffee tables and home libraries in every seaside abode.” ~Ellsworth (Maine) American

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Artist and author James Prosek spent the last three years traveling the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean, from Cape Cod to Cape Verde, landing fish and watching them get caught by hook, net, and--in the case of a swordfish and a bluefin tuna--harpoon. The result is a stunning series of images, currently on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. For those who want to take the fish home, the paintings have been reproduced in a gorgeous art book." ~Outside Magazine

"Prosek gives us a privileged place on the deck, a view ordinarily glimpsed only by fishermen, and brings us closer to seeing the fish than any of his contemporaries: he literally 'captures the moment.' The final result is a volume of faithfully reproduced images...that is both a reference guide as well as an art book that can find a home in any fishing library or on a coffee table....searching for gift possibilities...Ocean Fishes is a no-brainer." ~Midcurrent.com

About the Author

James Prosek made his authorial debut with Trout: An Illustrated History, and is a contributor to the New York Times. He also cofounded the conservation initiative World Trout with Patagonia owner Yvon Chouinard. Robert M. Peck is a curator and senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Christopher Riopelle is curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery, London. Peter Matthiessen is a National Book Award–winning novelist and nonfiction writer.

More About the Author

James Prosek is a writer and artist whose books include Trout: An Illustrated History; Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship; The Complete Angler: A Connecticut Yankee Follows in the Footsteps of Walton; and Fly-Fishing the 41st. He lives in Easton, Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

The best of its kind.
Joan Young
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in fishing and ocean life.
Neysa Zurkammer
It is just beautiful and very artistic.
Judith L. Meinck

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JO Reynolds on October 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am a fisherman and love having a book that captures the magical beauty of a fish as it is pulled from the ocean. I have never seen anything else like this. James Prosek captures each fish perfectly. Each fish is shown in its entirety and then there are pages focusing in on all the rich details--beautiful! While the book will strike a chord with any angler, it is also the ideal gift for nature lovers, art lovers, and those who live--or wished they lived--by the sea. Highly recommended. If you liked Prosek's "Trout," you'll love his "Ocean Fishes"!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sea Worthy on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've caught and boated many of the fishes in Prosek's remarkable new book. As close as I've observed the catches, I never saw the radiant close-up features as I did with the aid of Prosek's remarkable eye of which his brush is a faithful extension. It's a proud addition to the other Prosek titles I'm proud to own and re-visit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By itchytoo on January 13, 2013
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I saltwater fish and all my favorites and their locations are within the covers of this book. The paintings are outstanding.
Love it !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sister Monica on January 8, 2013
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This is an exquisite book for fishing and water color enthusiasts alike. Prosek's paintings are glorious, showing the entire painting and then a close-up so one can see the brilliancy and intricacy of the colors. I've give two of these books as gifts, and will probably have to get one for myself because it is so beautiful. Prosek's artistry reminds us of the wonders of nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neysa Zurkammer on December 6, 2012
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This book is perfect for a Christmas gift for one of my relatives. It is beautiful, educational and just plain wonderful. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in fishing and ocean life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AndrewG on November 12, 2012
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We were very disappointed by the format of the book, these beautiful drawings cut in half not being able to see them in their full splendor, it just really ruined the appreciation of the authors artistic talents. This should have been made in a coffee table format to highlight the beauty of our oceans, or what's left.
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By Amazon Customer on September 16, 2013
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Mistook this (my fault) to be a much more substantial volume. Not nearly as impressive as expected and not suitable for a coffee table presentation. I'm extremely disappointed.
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