Monoprints + Japanese Gyotaku


“The Gyotaku method, “gyo” meaning fish, and “taku” meaning rubbing – is a form of Japanese printing dating from the mid-1800s. Each print can lead to new avenues of discovery and is absolutely unique, directed by the pressure of my hands upon the fish’s shape; the tooth of the paper; the fluidity of the ink; and the character of the fish itself. The technique is rooted in a respect for the natural form and is a beautiful way of self-expression to achieve a closeness with nature, art, and spirit.”

Why I print
My prints are meant to be interpretive, ethereal and textural. I’m not about duplicating what I see, but about expressing how what I see and imagine makes me feel.

Serendipity excites me and why I make monoprints. Planning what I’d like to see after I pull the print is not always what I get and that propels me to experiment further with colour, line, texture, movement and form.

My first career was as a design director in the newsrooms of big metro newspapers. Everything we did was fast, you had to create on your feet, making gut decisions on how to best illustrate a story whether it be with photography, illustrations, data or typography.

I strive to keep that level of creative energy in my work.

Would you like to learn more about Gyotaku? I lead one or two workshops each June/July as part of Pembrokeshire Fish Week. And I do organise workshops for 2 to 5 students at my studio in St. Davids, Wales. Please get in touch if you want to have a creative go!
These originals are available as giclee prints. Just email me here.