Fish Fry

Fish artist Ray Troll lives, breathes and paints by the law of the sea; one of his T-shirts proclaims “Fish Hard, Die Free,” and that’s sort of how he likes it, way up north in Ketchikan, Alaska. How did Troll become a fish artist? Perhaps he listened to the tidal keening of the ocean, breathed in the salt air and lifted his pen and ink; maybe it was a moment of epiphany while pulling a monster trout out of a run-ning river. But Troll’s colorful, detailed and often wry renditions of fish (and dinosaurs, fossils and other prehistoric denizens) are not just pictures of fish: They are driven by a knowledge and love of science, which comes through beautifully in the work he’s done for a vari-ety of museum exhibits, including Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches, the current show at the Denver Museum of Na-ture & Science (he’s also collaborated with DMNS chief curator Kirk Johnson on the exhibit and resulting book, Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway). It definitely comes through, too, in his new book, Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll, a best-of compendium of Troll’s work and career over the years, which mixes favorite images and illustrations with sketches and never-before-seen designs. Troll, popular with fishing geeks and scientists alike, comes to town today to give a PowerPoint presentation and sign copies of Some-thing Fishy, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover LoDo, 1628 16th Street. Pick up a copy for $19.95; admission is free.
Fri., Oct. 15, 7:30 p.m., 2010

 
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