Artist: Deep Hawaii Art
Title: "Tyler" The Solo Menpachi (Solderfish) Gyotaku
Medium: Original acrylic, watercolor and PrismaColors on rice paper wet-mounted on board. Classic 1" black wood frame.
Size: 8" x 10"
Lāna`i artist Kristin Belew painstakingly embellished this life-size Gyotaku original of a Menpachi (Soldierfish) with watercolor and 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 piece 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. Menpachi is the Japanese name used for most soldierfish here in Hawaii and the Hawaiiian name u`u is not really used. This is the Brick Soldierfish (Myripristis amaena)."