Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Kamapua`a" The Humuhumunukunukuapua`a Gyotaku
Medium: Custom print embellished with Prismacolors on rice paper, mounted to photopaper
Size: 11" x 14" (paper size), matted and framed in 1" solid Koa (sustainably grown); outer dimension with frame 16" x 20"
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:
"No humuhumunukunukuapua’as aka, lagoon triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) were harmed in the creation of these prints!!! Although this fish is not the state fish, its name in Hawaiian is the same. We used the Bridled triggerfish to create this print as well as the prints of “Laverne,” the state fish. I added in all the coloration and details to turn this gray fish into the strikingly detailed lagoon triggerfish. Kamapua’a is a demigod, known as the “hog child” in Hawaiian mythology. He had shapeshifting abilities and was known to turn into a hog, the kukui nut tree and the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Pictured is the original raw print used for both triggerfish pieces."