This handmade fan features the ever elusive octopus, once of the most difficult species to create a print, according to artist, Dwight Hwang. It takes a delicate finess to make it look fluid and emotional, but the result is a beautiful print. The fan is crafted with a printed reproduction of one of Dwight's pieces with a wooden base and measures about 12" across at the longest point.
Conceived in mid-19th century Japan as a way to record impressive fishing catches, gyotaku prints are sublime tributes to the struggle, and the respect, between man and the denizens of the deep. As one of the few artists practicing the traditional Japanese methods involving sumi and washi (ink and paper), Dwight Hwang's remarkable works reveal a tenderness and reverence for both the fish he is immortalizing and the legacy of the gyotaku craft.
Click here to see a beautiful video of Dwight Hwang demonstrating the traditional Japanese art form of Gyotaku.