Synopses & Reviews
Artist Ray Troll has developed a huge cult following for his humorous and scientifically accurate paintings of fish and fossils. He has successfully carved out his own category of artwork using colorful pen and ink to create drawings about fish, fish worship, evolution, and dinosaurs, all humorously captioned and technically accurate. Over a three-decade career, he has exhibited in all major scientific museums in America and managed to sell over 2 million t-shirts along the way. This collection of the artist's most popular t-shirt art features captions such as "Spawn Till You Die," "Cowasockeye," "The Baitful Dead," "Fish Worship: Is It Wrong," and "Tortured Sole," Ray Troll's appeal is both funky and funny.
"Despite all the intricacies and scientifically accurate details, the real reason we like Trolls work is that its just doggone fun to look at."
Fairbanks Daily News Miner
"Like the ratfish, Trolls art goes deep and attests to prehistoric times. Also like the fish, the art at times links the distant past with an unlikely contemporary descendant. For the artist, past is not only prelude, it is an ironic reference point for citing pop culture and the American way of life or presenting original inhabitants of a landscape no longer submerged beneath Paleozoic waters: extinct fish swim circles around television sets; ancient marine arthropods cohort with Elvis Presley; plesiosaurs those gargantuan sea reptiles from dinosaur timessail through skies above the wheat-covered fields of Kansas."
Eddies magazine (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
About the Author
Ray Troll is a visual artist who blends ichthyology, paleontology, and humor to create paintings that have been exhibited at the California Academy of the Sciences, the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, the Carnegie Museum of Science in Pittsburg