• Flounder Calligraphy Print 18x12

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A collaboration between master calligrapher Shinko Tanaka and Dwight Hwang, this signed and stamped reproduction gyotaku print depicts a “numa-garei” (or “starry flounder”). The calligraphy reads, “砂長じて巌となる,” which literally means, “sand will grow into a rock.” (It’s loosely the equivalent of “the weak will some day become strong.”) Add the name of the fish, and the calligraphy can be taken out of context to mean, “From the sand emerges the stout flounder.” Which does have a certain ring to it…

Scanned reproduction of an original gyotaku print by Dwight Hwang and Shinko Tanaka. Stamped and signed by the artist. Unframed.

Dwight Hwang, Shinko Tanaka
Fishing For Gyotaku
Professional Photo Paper
Print Type:
United States
Black, White
W 18” H 12”
Founded in 2011 by Southern California artist Dwight Hwang, Fishing For Gyotaku presents the Japanese art of gyotaku, a traditional art that uses fish to make beautiful, accurate prints. Used by fisherman to record their catch, gyotaku printing—which Hwang learned while living in Japan—creates images more beautiful than a photo and more eco-friendly than taxidermy.
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