A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku


A Life Among Fishes: The Art of Gyotaku

Christopher Dewees is a color gyotaku artist who possesses the most wonderful skills and sensibility among all foreign color gyotaku artists with whom I have come to know in my 44 years of (professional) life in the gyotaku arts field.

He (Christopher) came to my studio which was located all the way in Japan, to learn the color gyotaku art works practiced at the highest of skill levels. I am (very) proud of the fact that he and I continue in our friendship, travelling together to various NPS workshop sites in the US and elsewhere, teaching and learning from each other.

Two years ago, I gave Christopher the (professional) title of Gin-kei (銀鮭 Silver Salmon).

Drawing out the maximal effects of intrinsic characteristics found in “Dragon Ink,” which I developed myself, he continues to create works, through the application of indirect method, in which he depicts the “feeling” of the subject fish by drawing its eyes as if it is still alive. In all his Gyotaku works, viewers can conjure stories about the subject fish while it was still alive. He never brushes up the completed gyotaku work once it is completed. I have high respect for his posture toward the naturalness of the subject fish.

I think we can call this book of his as “Bible in the Gyotaku Art” that would surely move all gyotaku artists world-wide.      

Mineo Ryuka Yamamoto
Master Gyotaku Printmaker
President, International Fish Print Studio
Higashimatsuyama, Saitama 355-0028


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