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Jeff Conroy
Big Red, Japanese Style Gyotaku Fish Painting on Mulberry Paper

2019

$1,150

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This is a Gyotaku method painting of a large carp on a pale grey mulberry paper background. This fish impression using minimal color is akin to a fossil. The fish is hand painted in deep orange red. The mulberry paper has a soft hue with a swirl pattern and slightly wavy texture adding the overall feel of the artwork. Contact the gallery for framing options. Jeff Conroy Big Red sumi ink and watercolor on mulberry paper 24h x 36w in 60.96h x 91.44w cm Gyotaku - A Japanese word translated from "gyo" meaning fish and "taku" meaning stone impression. It is the traditional Japanese method of printing fish, a practice which dates back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an art form of its own. Gyotaku is a Japanese method of printmaking that traditionally utilizes fish, sea creatures or similar subjects as printing "plates" in its process. The literal translation of the word is "fish stone rubbing" and is believed to get its inspiration from Chinese stone rubbings of calligraphy, which gave rise to printing. Gyotaku, or Japanese fish printing, was originally used to record and commemorate a fisherman's catch. Prints were made using Sumi ink and Washi paper. It is rumored that Samurai would settle fishing competitions using Gyotaku prints. This original form of Gyotaku, as a recording method for fisherman, is still utilized today, and can be seen hanging in tackle shops in Japan and Okinawa.

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