The Sea Urchin is an extremely labor intensive creature for artist, Dwight Hwang to capture in Gyotaku print. The shell of the sea urchin is completely taken apart and reassmbled, spine by spine to create the print, which is a time consuming and tedious process. The result is breathtaking. 


This is a reproduction of the original print that has been made as a giclee on paper similar to Western watercolour paper. 


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. 


Measures 13" x 19"

Sea Urchin Giclee

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