Maui Mahi

49.00"W x 20.00"H x 1.0"D

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Brian Heustis


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: gyotaku-, printing, gyotaku, japanese, fish

Media: tree, water, weave, rice paper, mulberry, based, acrylics, japanese

Size: 49"W x 20"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2018

Gyotaku is the Japanese art of fish printing. Fish printing is hundreds of years old but not widely known. An actual fish is used to make the impression on the rice paper. After the initial impression is made, I then blend all the colors to match exactly what Mother Nature created. As a fisherman myself, my goal in fish printing is to capture the essence or soul of each fish. This fish was caught in Maui, Hi. I printed this particular fish because of it amazing colors. Mahalo Brian

I have lived in Maui, Hawaii for over 22 years and love everything about this tropical paradise, especially the ocean. Being an avid surfer, scuba diver, spear fisherman, and angler for most of my life has given me a unique perspective regarding marine life which carries over into my art work. When I was introduced to Gyotaku about 10 years ago at a local gallery, it instantly became my passion. Although Gyotaku has been around for hundreds of years, it is not widely known. In fish printing, I use a dead fish to create an "impression" on rice paper that I get from Japan. After the initial impression, I then blend all the colors to create a life-like work of art..... turning fish into art! Since I use real fish to create my pieces, it is important that I use water based acrylic paint because every fish I print is either eaten or sold to local restaurants, nothing is wasted. Spread some Aloha and put one of my unique fish prints in your home or office! Mahalo, Brian

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