• Waters Calligraphy Print 12x18

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A collaboration between master calligrapher Shinko Tanaka and Dwight Hwang, this signed and stamped reproduction gyotaku print depicts two “herabuna” (or “Crucian carps”) staring at a river shrimp. The calligraphy reads “魚心あれば、水心あり,” which means, “If a fish is friendly towards water, water will be kind to the fish,” or, more simply, “You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.”

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 12” H 18”
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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