A prominent spearfishing club here in Orange County called OC SPEAROS will be hosting their next club meeting in front of PELAGIC HQ in Costa Mesa on June 20th at 7pm! We’ll be doing a live gyotaku demo of a fish provided by the club (not sure what it is just yet). Sounds like it’ll be quite a large and fun event! Looking forward to meeting you all there!
A few months back, me and my personal favorite Hawaiian gyotaku artist, Desmond Thain got together to do a very special collaboration to celebrate our joy for this art form.
Find it in the gallery store!
Warmly welcomed by the docents of OCMA (Orange County Museum of Art). It was an honor to speak and demonstrate the old traditional approach to gyotaku. Hopefully, it was a seed planted for a future collaboration!
The art review of the Coastline Gallery Show by OC Weekly:
"The show’s tranquility is best represented by Dwight Hwang’s stunning Japanese-style paintings of koi, lionfish and octopus (Water Butterflies, Lion’s Garden and Flow of Water, respectively). The dried sumi ink has wrinkled the washi paper, indenting the page, suggesting buoyancy and movement around the subjects hovering within the frame."
Read the full article here.
The big summer exhibition is just around the corner!
32 original prints showcased at the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles in collaboration with LACMA, June 21-July 13th with lectures and a demonstration on the evening of June 20th.
A formal catalogue of all the prints will be available, as well as a very informative essay written by LACMA's Michael VanHartingsveldt about the history and techniques of Gyotaku and how I fit into all of it.