ABOUT THE ARTIST
Brian Heustis is a Gyotaku artist on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
GYOTAKU, or fish printing, is an ancient, time-honored, traditional Japanese art form. Centuries ago, Japanese fisherman would paint their prized catches, then cover them with rice paper and gently rub - to create an exact, detailed imprint of the fish. Once the print was complete, color and detail were carefully added.
It began as a way for Japanese fishermen to commemorate their catch and it is still the most unique, creative and artistic way to display any catch. Over the years, Gyotaku has grown to be recognized as its own art form.
The essence of fish printing is very simple and pure, and this is what drew Brian to begin his artistic journey. He says, "I believe it is my duty to capture each fish's soul, bringing it back to life by getting the most detail possible on each print."