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James Prosek's Portal III

James Prosek's Portal III

James Prosek is best known for his meticulously painted fish images. But his recent foray into sculpture is equally as interesting and thought-provoking. Through the end of September, a variety of his fanciful bone sculptures as well as his fish portraits will be on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

EXHIBIT: Ocean Fishes and Taxonomy Work by James Prosek

James Prosek Portfolio

Prosek book: TroutProsek book: Ocean Fishes

Prosek’s stunning trout illustrations are contained in this book by the artist: Trout: An Illustrated History

Prosek’s next lushly illustrated book, James Prosek: Ocean Fishes: Paintings of Salt Water Fish is due out in October by Rizzoli International Publications (available for pre-order through Amazon)

Every day in September, we’re bringing you new science-art of the day. How would these images be useful for science communication? STEM education? Enticing people to learn more about science? Do they inspire you or frustrate you? Let us know below!

Kalliopi Monoyios About the Author: Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at Follow on Twitter @symbiartic.

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  1. 1. Glendon Mellow 10:55 pm 09/12/2012

    Kalliopi, I freaking love this piece. So simple, but it raises so many weird questions about evolution!

    Would the horns be two that grew close together, but remain separate, like trees intertwined?

    Is it a horn/antler-like structure actually from a bigger part of the skull, vestigially remaining in this delicate formation?

    Link to this
  2. 2. 1:40 pm 09/13/2012

    I know – ridonk, huh!? Prosek’s work is all-around awesome. So versatile…

    A couple years ago there was a Dr. Seuss exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. They had an entire room dedicated to his trophy heads – weird, chimeric, appropriately-Dr.-Seuss-looking animals that he had sculpted, mounted and named. I had no idea he was into such things! Prosek’s bone sculptures remind me of a more serious version of the Dr. Seuss pieces.

    Just did an image search to try to dig some up. Ain’t the internets sooper?! Check out the first few:

    Link to this

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