John Doherty, Fish Aye TradingMost people would be turned off by the mess on the deck of a fishing boat, but John Doherty found it inspiring. After noticing the graphic imprint left behind by a bluefish he caught, John started experimenting with the ancient art of Gyotaku, or fish rubbing. He paints the body of a saltwater fish with water-based paints, then lays fabric over top and gently rubs it to make a print. He finishes the piece with a single Chinese character, which he selects depending on the personality of the fish, what time of day it was caught, and his mood when he reeled it in.
Centuries ago, people used painted fish rubbings to document Liz Bokanskidifferent species. John's prints document his Cape Cod catch, preserving details such as the patterns of fish scales. His prints also celebrate his love of the ocean and marine life. Liz Boksanski, a friend of John, told us about his artwork and we were hooked right away. We love the authenticity of his work and the fact that he sees the process through to the end: After painting, John washes, fillets and eats each fish.
Fish Rubbing Placemats and Prints
We're featuring four prints, each one a different species (red snapper, striped bass, bluefish and bluefin tuna). We're also offering a set of four placemats. They're all a great catch.
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