Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Tommy The Toau" (Black Tail Snapper) Gyotaku
Medium: Original acrylic paint and Prismacolor on rice paper. Unframed.
Size: 20" x 24" (paper size), $625
Lāna`i artist Kristin Belew painstakingly painted this original Gyotaku print with acrylics and Prismacolors.
Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese style of fish printing where each original piece of art is taken right from the fish. Kristin applies acrylic paint to the actual fish then presses rice paper onto the specimen to receive the paint. She then adds in details! Each fish is eaten or used for bait afterwards.
Fun facts from Kristin:
"This Blacktail Snapper is known as Toau in Hawaiian. This beautiful fish is actually an invasive species that was first brought to Hawaii in the 1950s. Although these fish aren’t doing extensive damage to the reef eco system, they do compete with native species for food and space. The Toau is not commercially fished, but a nice size individual makes a great meal. This particular fish was caught during a children’s fishing trip offLāna‘i. Although the common name for these fish is “Black tail” snapper, many often have dark red or purple tails such as Tommy’s. I tried very hard to reproduce the amazing colors of the toau in this gyotaku print!"