Description: We offer two signed etchings by American artist James Prosek from his series of work for his children’s book “The Day my Mother Left Me” and an illustrated autographed letter signed to a former Harper Collins book editor. Both etchings are 9 ⅞” x 7 ⅞” on heavy off white wove paper, 12”x 9”.
“The Day my Mother Left Me” depicts a dead bird in an abstract field of haunting plate tone, signed and editioned “A.P” (artist proof) under the image in graphite. The second etching depicts two birds, an owl and a blue jay, inscribed in the plate with “jabbering like a blue jay” and “who who”, editioned “A. P.” and signed “For Larry Ashmead with ALL my love James Prosek” in graphite under the image. The letter on heavy white wove paper 11 ¾” x 9” is dated 12/04 and has been illuminated in colored pencil with a whimsical “catfishe” and a spotted eel. Prosek describes a project he is working on about eels with National Geographic and mentions the enclosed copper plate etchings form “The Day my Mother Left Me.” The two prints show the artist’s departure from observational naturalism to work that explores mortality and the language and rules of how we organize and name living things. Item #PR00222.
James Prosek (born May 23, 1975) is an American artist, writer and naturalist. As a child he was enamored with the artwork of John James Audubon and he filled sketchbooks with his young observations from nature. He published his first book, Trout: An Illustrated History,in 1996 while studying at Yale. His other books include The Complete Angler, Ocean Fishes: Paintings of Saltwater Fish,Trout of the World Updated and Revised and Eels: An Exploration, from New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World's Most Mysterious Fish.
Condition: Fine untouched condition.