Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gyotaku by David J. Denick

Welcome to a our new artist David Denick!

Using rice paper, watercolors, colored pencils and a real fish, David creates beautiful, one of a kind works of art.

Gyotaku - (魚拓, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is a traditional form of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid 1800s, a form of nature printing used by fishermen to record their catches.

In order to make a gyotaku print, one paints the subject (e.g. fish, crab, scallop shell) with sumi ink, places  the rice paper over it and rub.

The fresher the fish is the more detail can be achieved.

David is an avid fisherman and travels regularly to Alaska, Florida Keys and the Caribbean where he finds subjects for his work.

Occasionally he'll open his door in the morning only to fin an unusual fish on his doorstep in a cooler with a note!

To see more of Davids art visit our website by clicking here.

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