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For Poet, painter and naturalist Obi Kaufmann, California is a magic network of living systems that connect in a grand, quilted array of ecology and beauty. The lavishly illustrated, 550-page California Field Atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California, revealing its myriad ecologies, topographies, and histories with hundreds of exquisite hand-painted maps and trail paintings. Obi Kaufmann blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of the natural world, forming a uniquely elemental narrative based on the shaping forces of earth, air, fire, and water, connecting systems like no other book has done before.
Kaufmann depicts layer after layer of the natural world, delighting in the grand scale and details alike. The effect is staggeringly beautiful: presented alongside California divvied into its fifty-eight counties, for example, we consider California made up of dancing tectonic plates, of watersheds, of wildflower gardens. Maps are enhanced by spirited illustrations of wildlife, keys that explain natural phenomena, and a clear-sighted but reverential text. Full of character and color, The California Field Atlas is the ultimate road trip companion and love letter to a place.
In the few months since the California Field Atlas has hit stores across California and beyond it has enjoyed four weeks at the number one spot for non-fiction paperbacks in Northern California and is beginning to rank in Southern California’s top ten. The California Field Atlas is the winner of the 2016 Phelan Award for California literature by the San Francisco Foundation, insuring the Atlas will be include in the California Historical Society’s Bancroft Library archives at the University of California at Berkeley.
An avid conservationist, Obi Kaufmann regularly travels around the state, speaking on issues of ecological restoration and preservation to such groups as the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildland center, the Mojave Desert Land Trust, The Anza Borrego Foundation, The Mono Lake Committee, the Peninsula Open Space Trust and Friends of the River in Coloma. He is an illustrator for Bay Nature Magazine, the Berkeley Times and Premium Arts, as well as a long-term collaborator with the men’s apparel brand Indigofera. A life-long resident of California, Obi Kaufmann makes his home base in Oakland and is currently working on Field Atlases to come.
The California Field Atlas is published by heydaybooks.com. Obi Kaufmann posts daily work on Instagram @coyotethunder and publishes essays alongside his 2018 speaking schedule at http://www.coyoteandthunder.com.
You can order signed copies of the book at www.californiafieldatlas.com