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.
Craig and I had fun catching these beautiful reddish orange and yellow fish in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
The larger fish have part of their spine that looks like a hook located in the throat area. They are also called Antennae Fish because they have a very distinctive yellow dorsal fin spine.
Each fish was printed on hand dyed blue paper. Then each fish was carefully torn and pasted on a piece of rice paper hand dyed by Nancy paper to make this composition.
The original is sold.
Art Quality Giclee Prints and Stretched Canvases are sold below. This is a sampling of what we have to offer. Call for more options.