FISH ART

Welcome To Our

"Gyotaku"

Fish Print Online Gallery

 

Gyotaku (pronounced GHEE-OH-TAH-KOO) is the art and technique of Japanese Fish Printing.  Gyo means ‘Fish’ and Taku means 'Rubbing' or 'Impression'.  The earliest known gyotaku were made in the 1860’s to preserve a true record of the size and species of fish caught by Japanese anglers.  It later evolved into an art form.


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There are two original methods of creating gyotaku – the direct method (similar to a thumb print) and the indirect method (similar to a grave stone rubbing).

 

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Traditionally, rice paper is used; However, I prefer fabric because of it's versatility & functionality. After cleaning and positioning a freshly caught fish, I cover the surface of the fish with acrylic paint.  I then place the fabric on the fish and begin to rub. Once the fabric is lifted, a mirror image of the fish is revealed. Once it is completely dried, I then paint on the details characteristic to the fish. Finally, I paint in the detail of the eye to image life, motion, & give it personality.

 

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Although I can make several prints from the same fish, each print is an original.  I use several different types of fabric- each one produces slightly different results. I use single colors or can mimic the colors as they appear in nature. I prefer bold & vibrant colors that make the print stand out!

 

Because I use fabric, the possibilities are endless on the use of the Fish Prints. It's a great way to share memories of fun days on the water with friends. There is a story behind every Fish Print - it could be an adventure, or a once in a lifetime accomplishment, but always a fantastic story!



****** ALL FISH PRINTS ARE ORIGINAL & ONE OF A KIND!******

 

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~Vanessa Neff - Mandalay Island Fish Prints