Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Tyler" Gyotaku in Black Frame
Medium: Custom Reproduction piece embellished with Prismacolors on fine art paper
Size: 8"x10" , matted and framed in black frame; outer dimension with frame 14 1/4" x 17 1/4".
Lāna`i artist Kristin Belew painstakingly embellished this life-size reproduction of her Gyotaku print with 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:
"I created this pice to memorialize the fish my nephew speared inside a cave off the Lāna‘i coast. These fish congregate under ledges, in caves and other dark places during the day. At night they come out to swim freely and feed. Menpachi are an important and delicious food for many people in Hawaii. The word, Menpachi, is actually the Japanese name used for most soldierfish here in Hawaii. The Hawaiian name uʻu is not as commonly used. This species is the Brick Soldierfish, (Myripristis amaena.)"