Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Water Color Artist James Prosek
"I could not believe these fish were so huge. They looked like sculptures - polished marble sides, glistening steel backs, fins like blades of metal, eyes like miniature Earths with atmospheres and seas and forests and deserts." Just finished reading an article about artist and conservationist James Prosek. The guy looks like a young Mel Gibson. Besides having an amazing work ethic (up to 14 studio hours per day), he is making a conservation statement about Atlantic fish. Sometimes you wonder how art and making any kind statement mix. You have to decide who you are, what you want to say. This guy is a modern Audubon, the paintings are remarkable, he experiments with metallic powder, powdered mica, etc. to record exactly what is in front of him. The article says for the canvas, "Prosek used 60 inch tall rolls of paper cut to size and dyed with up to 20 bags of tea." Apart from some magnificent descriptive language, I find this gentleman the real thing. What is engaging to me is the way he sees these fish. His experience of them is so intense. One might look but not see. That is the job of any artist, theatrical or otherwise, to really see, intensely, profoundly with complete clarity. I wish I could say it better.