Field Guide: James Prosek’s Un/Natural World

March 7, 2015—August 2, 2015
North Carolina Museum of Art
Often described as a contemporary Audubon, James Prosek (American, born 1975, lives and works in Easton, Connecticut) interprets and depicts the natural world through the lens of his personal experiences

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Self-taught artist, natural historian, writer, world traveler, and adventurer, Prosek 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. At once startlingly realistic and skillfully manipulated, his meticulous renderings of birds, fish, and mammals move beyond illustration into artistically interpreted portraits that capture the essence and personalities of his subjects and often provide provocative commentary on current environmental issues.


Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is supported by the Duke Energy Education Endowment Fund. This exhibition is also made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

James Prosek, Zebra (Zimbabwe), 2014, oil, acrylic, and mixed media on panel, 45 x 56 in., Collection of Philip Richter and Sarah Willeman, Courtesy of Schwartz • Wajahat, New York © 2014 James Prosek

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