The carniverous Sheephead Fish can live for up to 20 years and grow up to 3 feet long. The Rockfish can grow from two to five pounds but can also grow as large as 40 pounds, depending on the species. The Rockfish has also been known to live up to 200 years.
This piece is special because it is one of the first times that artist Dwight Hwang has worked with kelp in his Gyotaku prints. It is also a unique piece because Dwight has developed a technique for the fish stripes, where he will mix and apply the different stripe colors directly onto the fish, rather than to hand paint the print later - the end result is much more detail in the stripes.
This is a reproduction of the original print that has been made on Washi paper, which is the traditional handmade Japanese paper that Dwight uses for his prints, so it is the closest to the quality of his original prints that you can get. Each one is hand stamped with the artist's signature.
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 12" x 19"