Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Mango" the Mahi Mahi Gyotaku
Medium: Original Gyotaku, painted with acrylics, watercolors and Prismacolors on rice paper
Size: 37" x 60 (fish length: 43." Unframed.
Lāna`i artist Kristin Belew painstakingly embellished this life-size reproduction of her Gyotaku print with PrismaColors. What a stunning presentation!
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 Krisin:
" Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) are often sought out by fishermen because of the fight they put up and because they make a great meal! Mahi Mahi are the fastest growing wild fish species! Therefore, these fish are an incredibly sustainable source of food and have remained resistant to overfishing pressures.
These fish can be bright yellows, neon greens and brilliant blues. This Mahi was such a crazy yellow she looked fake! Also the gaff marks can be seen above the eye in the print. This fish was reeled in by Gerald, but named after his twin sister Geraldine during a sunset charter offLāna‘i."