Refining a 19th Century Japanese Folk Art
Fishing for Gyotaku
“Amazing. Just amazing.”
“I was invited to Sushi Chef Institute red carpet last might and met so many important people in the industry, but one person who amazed me was Dwight Hwang and his live demonstration of how this mid 19th century art is done. His work needs to be recognized and once you see it, you’ll be amazed.”
“I am so impressed with Dwight’s work; it is unlike any gyotaku I have ever seen. It transcends regular fish printing to evoke the atmosphere of traditional sumi-e (Japanese ink painting).
From the manipulation of fins and appendages to the careful transfer of sumi ink, Dwight has consistently shown himself to be a meticulous gyotaku artisan. His ability to bring life to his subjects is nothing short of breath-taking. A trout bursts forth from the page to snatch a dragonfly, a lionfish floats carelessly among the coral fans; each and every print shows a masterful knowledge of space and marine biology.
Strictly adopting the traditional technique and materials, the artwork by Dwight Hwang is so sophisticated and detailed as to seemingly give new life to the fish.
Presenting select prints to the directors of the Japan Foundation, at the meeting organized by LACMA.