Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Wonder: Painting with Eels

Artist, naturalist, writer, and lecturer James Prosek paints in the Gyotaku ("fish rubbing") style, a Japanese art form that traditionally uses carp, instead of a brush, as a tool to make nature prints. Prosek has mastered a variation that calls for the use of eels. Just watch what today's Wednesday Wonder produces.

Watch James Prosek: Painting with Eels on PBS. See more from Nature.

My thanks to the PBS NewsHour, where I first saw the profile, part of the PBS video series Nature. The film The Mystery of Eels, featuring Prosek, debuted this past April.

Beginning in September, Prosek will be exhibiting in "James Prosek: The Spaces In Between" at Phillips Academy's Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts. Currently, he is showing, through August 4,  in "Domestic, Wild, Divine: Artists Look at Animals" at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia.

Additional resources on Gyotaku: JaxsFishPrints (History and Techniques), Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal Blog ("Educational Uses of Gyotaku or Fish Printing"), and Allen Memorial Art Museum Arts of Asia in Reach Resource for Children

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