Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Kualana's Moana Kali" The Blue Goatfish Gyotaku
Medium: Custom Reproduction piece embellished with Prismacolors on rice paper (or on fine art paper) - created to order
Size: 16" x 20" (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:"This beautiful blue goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus) is known as Moano ’ukali ulua in Hawaiian and Moana kali locally. This one was speared by our friend Kaulana, off the coast of Lana’i with a perfect kill shot! These goatfish often cruise around the sea floor in “hunting parties” which can include eels, jacks and other species of fish. They use their whisker-like barbels to search for food. Moana kali are a prize fish amongst many spearfishermen. They make a great local steamed dish which includes sausage, onions, garlic, ginger and mayo!"