Gyotaku: An Artful Tradition

Feb 7, 2014 - Apr 20, 2014

In Japanese tradition, a relief print made from an actual fish, and sometimes from a shell, leaf, or other object from nature inked and placed on paper or cloth is known as gyotaku. In Japanese, "gyo" means impression, and "taku" means fish.

Gyotaku is a Japanese method of measuring fish. As gyotaku attained popularity among sportsmen, it also developed as a form of fine art.

Gyotaku are commonly exhibited on the walls of homes, or kept in journals to document fishing achievements, much as western fishermen display photographs and taxidermy. When Japanese fishing organizations hold contests for the largest fish caught, they typically judge gyotaku to determine winners.

Students from Muller Road Middle School created these gyotaku prints while learning about the cultural and historical aspects of this unique art form.

Location: On view in the Interactive Education Gallery