Adam Ashdown - Salty Bones Gyotaku

Gyotaku is such a fascinating nature printing technique as the translated name 'fish print' suggests, a real fish is used in the process of creating delicate reproductions of the sea creature, immortalising it forever.

I'm the first one to admit that I'm a little addicted to fishing, which has ultimately led me to Gyotaku. Japanese fisherman in the mid 1800s came up with a unique method of recording their catch, rolls of rice paper and traditional sumi ink was taken on fishing trips which gave birth to this beautiful art form.

For me it started three years ago on a trip around Australia when I came across a deckhand on a game fishing boat offering his clients a record of their trophy catch by way of Gyotaku. Using trial and error and basic concepts I began to get a handle on producing sharp, life like images. Wanting to keep my art work individual I started to give each print fine detail and life like colour focusing on the eye and head, giving a focal point but leaving the majority of the print raw, still wanting to celebrate the process and tradition.

Art in general is fairly new to me and I have no intention to portray a message or have meaning in any of my pieces, I just want to capture the beauty and individuality of each creature I print, giving it life again... before I eat it!

Salty Bones Studio, 6 Schooner Crescent, Dunsborough

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