An Evening with Naturalist-Artist James Prosek
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Learn about the research and artistic process behind the American artist’s newly commissioned mural of Hong Kong’s biodiversity as well as his career as a naturalist, writer and artist.
In the up-coming exhibition To See the Forest and the Trees, Asia Society Hong Kong Center invites James Prosek to create a mural of Hong Kong’s biodiversity in the Chantel Miller Gallery. Based on field research and consultation with local ecologists, the mural depicts Hong Kong’s diverse flora and fauna from the mountains to coastal mangroves and invites the audience to think about the co-existence of nature and urban city in the contemporary world. Prosek will talk about his artistic process and his career in the evening conversation session.
Prosek is known for his veristic and detailed portrayal of natural creatures. At the tender age of 19 when he was still studying English Literature at Yale, he published an illustrated book which remains his best known work. It features 70 of his watercolour paintings of the trout of North America. Gifted with multifaceted talents, Prosek has been striving to celebrate biodiversity of the natural world and promote awareness of the species’ endangerment through, not only painting, but also writing and filmmaking. He has written for The New York Times and National Geographic Magazine and won a Peabody Award in 2003 for his documentary about travelling through England in the footsteps of Izaak Walton, the seventeenth-century author of The Compleat Angler. Prosek also co-founded a conservation initiative called “World Trout” with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard to raise funds for coldwater habitat conservation.
Please note that registration for this free public event is required.