Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Ella" The Black Triggerfish Gyotaku
Medium: Custom Reproduction piece embellished with Prismacolors on rice paper (or on fine art paper) - Created to order.
Size: 11" x 14" (paper size), unframed.
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:
“Ella” the Humuhumuʻele ʻele
Meet “Ella” the humuhumu ‘ele’ele or Black Triggerfish. ʻEleʻele is the Hawaiian word for the color black. These fish stay close to the surface and can easily be seen while snorkeling. They will often even approach people looking for food. Triggerfish are named for their dorsal spines which, when erect can be locked into position and allow the fish to wedge itself into rocks or the reef to hide from predators. When the fish are agitated or in mating display they change their coloration and their blues, greens and yellows become very vibrant! So I chose to add in these beautiful colors instead of painting the fish in its standard blacks. I used a different tastier species to create the initial print and added in details after. Pictured is the fish originally used to create the print. Embellished reproduction print- Prismacolor and ink pen on Washi Rice / Cold Press paper.