Inspired by Gyotaku, a Japanese fish-printing art form popularized in the mid-1800s, artist and naturalist James Prosek creates a series of pieces employing the nature-print technique. But instead of using the traditional large-scaled carp to make his art, Prosek decided to use a rather unusual fish as his creative tool: the eel. To make these massive paintings, Prosek uses eels that died in the local bait shop near his art studio in Connecticut, as a way to pay homage to a too-often misunderstood creature.
availablepublic82532364992071cove8253James Prosek: Painting with EelsArtist and naturalist James Prosek uses an unusual tool to make his art: eels.Inspired by the Japanese art form Gyotaku, a type of Japanese fish printing popularized in the mid-1800s, artist and naturalist James Prosek created a series of pieces in the gyotaku style. But instead of using the traditional large-scaled carp to make his nature prints, Prosek decided to use a rather unusual fish as his creative tool, the eel. 2013-04-17 20:00:00publishdisabledshowfalse8270The Eel ProjectChris Bowser coordinates a program which trains students to monitor local eel populations.2013-04-17 20:00:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/09/Mezzanine_310-480x270.jpg2364998549cove8251The Mystery of EelsThe mysterious eel is found all over the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike.2013-04-17 20:00:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2013/04/CU-of-Eels-Heads-480x270.jpg2364992162cove