Gyotaku is the Japanese art of making fish prints on delicate
rice paper. This artform reproduces the exact features and characteristics
of actual, individual fish. In Japanese, "gyo" translates
to "fish" and "taku" translates to "stone
rubbing" which refers to the technique of fish rubbing.
Gyotaku began in Japan or China in the early 1800s as a means
to measure and record a commercial fisherman's catch.
Burt has attempted to express a variety of colors, textures
and compositions through this unique artform, breaking with the
traditional boundaries of this historic medium. Today, Gyotaku
is an alternative to taxidermy and mounting fish, and has become
a recognized form of fine art.
Related gyotaku links:
How to do Gyotaku Fish Rubbing