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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.

This original GYOTAKU (fish rubbing) was made on heavy Cream stock and features a porgy (often called scup) that is 12" long. The GYOTAKU was pulled using a very deep green ink. I then added pastel and watercolor. The art has been sprayed for protection. It will deliver in a clear protective sleeve. The paper measures 17 X 11 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.

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 paper 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.

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.

© 2013 Barry Singer. Reproduction rights belong to the artist. It will be shipped in a heavy flat pack.

Porgy or Scup Original Fish Art GYOTAKU rubbing on hand colored cream stock


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  • Materials: deep green ink, heavy cream stock
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