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Abstract Fish No. 4 (work of art)

Artwork Info

Created
2016
Artist
James Prosek
Nationality
American
Birth/Death
born 1975-
Dimensions
78 x 41 x 14 inches (198.12 x 104.14 x 35.56 centimeters) base:
19 x 36 x 36 inches (48.26 x 91.44 x 91.44 centimeters)
Medium
Bronze, Sculpture

Credit

Gift of Waqas Wajahat and the Richard P. Garmany Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler

Culture
American
Classification
Sculpture

Key Ideas about this Work of Art

  • This abstract fish sculpture is made up of five crescent shapes on a curved pole. The sculpture is made of bronze that has developed a blue-green patina. This color is the natural result of oxidation (when the copper content in bronze combines with oxygen). The patina layer protects the metal from further corrosion. 
  • James Prosek is an artist who has been painting and fishing since childhood. He is a leading expert on fly-fishing and has written several books on the subject, including two books for young readers. He is also an acclaimed outdoor and travel writer. 
  • John James Audubon is one of Prosek’s biggest artistic influences. Audubon painted images of birds for field guides. 

Learn More

Often described as a contemporary Audubon, Prosek interprets and depicts the natural world through the lens of his personal experiences. Self-taught artist, natural historian, writer, world traveler, and adventurer, he has observed wildlife in a diverse variety of habitats, including Turkey, Micronesia, Zimbabwe, the Bahamas, the Eastern Seaboard, and the American West. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures explore the human need to classify and categorize nature as a way to understand it.

Here his abstract interpretation of a fish moves beyond realistic representation to capture the essential elements of his subject.

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  • A metal abstract fishlike sculpture standing upright in a shallow pool of water. The sculpture is made up of five blue-green crescent shapes on a curved pole. There are windows in the background and aquatic plants in the foreground.

    Abstract Fish No. 4

  • A metal abstract fishlike sculpture standing upright in a shallow pool of water. The sculpture is made up of five blue-green crescent shapes on a curved pole. There are windows in the background and aquatic plants in the foreground.

    Abstract Fish No. 4

  • A metal abstract fishlike sculpture standing upright in a shallow pool of water. The sculpture is made up of five blue-green crescent shapes on a curved pole. There are windows in the background and aquatic plants in the foreground.

    Abstract Fish No. 4