Rapture of the Deep: The Art of Ray Troll

Ray Troll, Author University of California Press $34.95 (148p) ISBN 978-0-520-23947-0
Alaska artist Troll's knack for making intricate, playful drawings of all things fishy has led to an empire of books, magazine illustrations, museum shows, gallery displays and decorated t-shirts. This large-sized, full-color volume presents an overview of Troll's drawings, complete with commentary by the artist. Some of the pieces are amusingly tongue-in-cheek (""Rebel with a Cod,""""Weapons of Bass Destruction,""""The Lucky Fish Gets the Cheeseburger""), while others are beautifully surrealistic. But the most impressive are his grandly composed fish-scapes (""Fishes of the Amazon,""""Bottom Fish of the North Pacific,""""A Ratfish Called Troll""), in which layers of perfectly-detailed fish are arranged into brilliant panoramas. Matsen's lively introduction provides lots of useful information about Troll's life and aesthetic leanings, making this a must-have book for any serious fan of the artist.
Reviewed on: 09/27/2004
Release date: 09/01/2004
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