The delightful design on our exclusive Avian Composition magnet is a detail from James Prosek's Avian Composition with Warblers, in the collection of New-York Historical.
Prosek's design draws inspiration from the endpapers of the popular Peterson Field Guides to birds, which feature numbered silhouettes accompanied by a key which identify the species represented. Prosek's painting retains the numerical references but eliminates the key. "For some years I have been making murals that attempt to question people's dependence on language when they make observations out in the world...I paint the birds and numbers...The absence of a key is meant to encourage the viewer to enjoy the beauty and diversity of the forms of the birds without using words as a crutch." James Prosek
View the original artwork in New-York Historical's groundbreaking art exhibition Nature, Crisis, Consequence that looks at the social and cultural impact of the environmental crisis. On view March 31, 2023 - July 16, 2023.