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Jim Brown
Homewood, AL

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Some 45 years ago Japanese friends taught me gyotaku, or Japanese-style fish printing.  I’ve worked at it over the years, and a few years ago began selling a few.  In the “direct” version of gyotaku I was taught, the fish is painted with sumi ink and then soft, absorbent paper (usually Hosho or some other Asian handmade paper) is pressed down on it to capture the detailed image – scales, fin ray bones, even the lateral line system.  Some I leave just the basic print, but most I touch up with acrylics to make them more lifelike.  These are all original prints in that in every case the paper went down onto an inked fish.

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