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Scup grow to 18” but 10” to 12” is more common. At least a dozen varieties exist around the world and they are a very important food fish. I found them difficult to catch the first time I encountered them because they are such great bait stealers. This one was caught in Newport RI.

Original GYOTAKU are considered a thoughtful gift and are believed to bring good luck not only to fishermen but business people as well. The process is fairly simple: Pigment is applied to a real fish. Then the cloth is carefully touched to the fish. The GYOTAKU is pulled and a detailed mirror image results. I then paint the eye. Several images may be made from the same fish, but no two are ever exactly alike. Each piece is created in a smoke/pet free studio.

This original GYOTAKU (fish rubbing) was made on stained cloth and features a porgy often called scup that is 12" long. The cloth measures 20 x 13 inches. Frame and hang this happy GYOTAKU where it will bring joy and good luck. I identify the fish, sign each original and supply a certificate of authenticity and other details of the art.

I am a member of The Nature Printing Society which is dedicated to the education, the history and practice of the art of nature printing, and to those who support our philosophy of respect for nature through the art of the print.

© 2015 Barry Singer. Reproduction rights belong to the artist. It will be shipped in a heavy flat pack.

Porgy or Scup Fish Art rubbing (GYOTAKU) Beach House Decor picture Original on stained cloth


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  • Materials: paint, stained cloth
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