James Prosek

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James Prosek (born May 23, 1975) is an American artist, writer and naturalist. Born in Stamford, Connecticut, he is a 1997 graduate of Yale University where he was a member of Manuscript Society.[1]

Prosek published his first book in 1996 while studying at Yale. Trout: An Illustrated History included watercolors of seventy species, subspecies, and strains of trout in North America.[2] A year later, in 1997, he wrote his second book, Joe and Me: An Education in Fishing and Friendship. His second trout book, published in 2005, is Trout of the World, a collection of one hundred watercolors of native trout from Europe, Asia and North Africa. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Wajahat Ingrao, Gerald Peters Gallery and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York City, the Westport Arts Center and Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, The New Britain Museum of American Art and the Dumbo Arts Center in Brooklyn. His first solo museum exhibition, Life & Death - A Visual Taxonomy, was at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT in 2008.[3]

Prosek won a 2002 Peabody Award for his documentary on 17th-century author and angler Izaak Walton and his book The Compleat Angler.[4] Prosek is also a fellow of the Vermont Studio Center, and a visiting artist for the Yale Summer School of Art. In 2007, Simon & Schuster published his novel[5] entitled The Day My Mother Left.[6]

In 2004 he co-founded a conservation initiative with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard called World Trout which raises money for coldwater habitat conservation.[7] He has written for the New York Times and National Geographic Magazine.[8]

Prosek's book, Eels: An Exploration, From New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish, was released by HarperCollins in September 2011 and was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice.[9]


  1. ^ Hodara, Susan, New York Times, January 13, 2008 see link: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/13artsct.html?_r=1&sq=james%20prosek&st=nyt&adxnnl=1&scp=2&adxnnlx=1261342152-oGIPPtBrvzbPj4UldSpJkA
  2. ^ Balzar, John, Lured by Their Beauty : ART : TROUT: An Illustrated History, By James Prosek (Alfred A. Knopf: $27.50; 158 pp.), Los Angeles Times, June 1996 http://articles.latimes.com/1996-06-09/books/bk-13089_1_james-prosek
  3. ^ Aldrich Museum past exhibitions http://www.aldrichart.org/exhibitions/past/prosek.php
  4. ^ see link. http://www.peabodyawards.com/award-profile/the-complete-angler
  5. ^ Simon and Schuster book details. http://books.simonandschuster.com/Day-My-Mother-Left/James-Prosek/9781416907718
  6. ^ Matheson, Whitney, Book roundup: Young adult, USA TODAY, March 2007 http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/reviews/2007-02-28-book-roundup_x.htm
  7. ^ Patagonia website info on World Trout http://www.patagonia.com/web/us/patagonia.go?slc=en_US&sct=US&assetid=32942
  8. ^ Prosek, James, Beautiful Friendship, National Geographic Magazine, January 2009 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/01/clownfish/prosek-text
  9. ^ Greenberg, Paul, Slither Room, New York Times, October 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/books/review/Greenberg-t.html

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