Gyotaku Prints of Fish and Crustaceans of Southeast Alaska

Julia Tinker

Gyotaku Prints of Fish and Crustaceans of Southeast Alaska

Julia Tinker

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

70 pages | 47 color plates | 8 x 10 | © 2019
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9781602233782 Published April 2019
Join Julia Tinker—avid explorer, angler, and artist—in her travels as she recounts her multi-year journey captaining her boat through the beautiful waters surrounding Ketchikan and Prince of Wales. Her mission is to delve into the diverse ecosystems and catch fish and crustaceans for her gyotaku prints, a traditional Japanese art form using fish pressings painted over with watercolor.

This book is one of the few books on this popular art form. It is a visual adventure through gorgeous paintings and color photographs; a vibrant depiction of life at sea in southeast Alaska—as well as a celebration of the importance of marine life for the indigenous communities in the area.
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Daily News-Miner
“Artist and author Julia Tanigoshi Tinker has taken the Japanese gyotaku tradition of making prints from caught fish that are inked and pressed on paper, and applied it to the sea life of the Panhandle. To these she adds watercolors, and the results are both perfectly accurate and quite appealing. Give this to your favorite artistic prodigy and watch the adults dig into it as well. Or vice versa. Tinker explains how it’s done, so let the family art projects ensue.”
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