"In the tradition of his acclaimed Trout: An Illustrated History, renowned naturalist and fisherman James Prosek captures 35 of the most pursued game fish—from striped bass to tarpon, swordfish to bonefish—as well as many creatures that share these marine ecosystems through rich, highly detailed watercolors in Ocean Fishes."
"Ocean Fishes is James Prosek’s personal tribute to marine beauty unlike any published before—based on travel, intense observation, work with scientists, and stories of those who know the fish most intimately, the fishermen (both recreational and commercial). It is also the author’s quiet conservation statement."
"In showing the beauty and monumentality of these fish, Prosek is urging us to preserve what we have before it is lost. These paintings give the reader a privileged view of a fish fresh from the ocean when its changing colors first glint in the sun—a view ordinarily glimpsed only by the fishermen on the boat."
"This book is not intended as a scientific catalogue of ocean fishes. Each painting reflects Prosek’s individual experience with a single fish—the artist traveled the Atlantic from Nova Scotia to the Cape Verde Islands to see each species firsthand as it came out of the water before it lost its living colors."
"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
"The book represents Prosek’s goal to paint the ocean’s most pursued sport fish in life size (from a 14-inch porgy to a 12-foot blue marlin). 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." —Garden & Gun
"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
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