Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo "fish" (say “joe”) + taku "rubbing") is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. It is believed that fishermen used the prints to record their catches to enable competition between remote fishing campsites. It has become an art form of its own. Paint or Ink is applied directly to a fresh fish and Impressions (prints, rubbings) are made. Much like Batik, imperfections are a part of the process.
This winter flounder was caught by Nancy in the ocean near Indian River Inlet, Delaware. After it was printed, Craig and Nancy enjoyed a delicious flounder dinner on their boat.
Flounder are an interesting species: Newly hatched larvae have one eye on each side of the head. Five to six weeks after they hatch, larvae settle to the bottom to begin their transformation into juveniles. After weeks of adapting to living on the bottom, their left eye migrates to the right side of their body and their metamorphosis is complete.
This is an original printed on mulberry paper with heavy fibers imbedded in it. The frame is built and painted by Coastal Impressions Studio. Art size: 16"x20". Frame OD: 18.5"x22.5"
Original in Frame: $495