White Sails Gallery - Fine art dealers in Dartmouth, Devon

01803 832272

Christine Allison

Many centuries ago, a Japanese emperor caught a beautiful fish that he wanted to immortalise in some way other than having a painting of it. He wanted an exact and lasting image to admire forever, so one of his artisans suggested taking a rubbing of the fish, which created a beautiful and truly remarkable everlasting image. And so, the practice of ‘Gyotaku’ began. Since then, generations of Japanese nobility and fisherman have used Gyotaku to preserve and record images of the beautiful fish found in the waters around their homeland.

Today, artist Christine Allison has adopted the same technique to bring you a stunning range of individual images lifted from some of Lyme Bay’s most memorable marine life.

Using freshly caught fish and shellfish, she gently brushes each creature with a blue dye, overlays it with fabric and then gently rubs the fabric with her fingertips to develop delightful images which are transferred to allow printing, creating the mysterious and unique image,

Christine has become fascinated by Gyotaku. “It’s a slow and intricate process, but the results are wonderful,” she said.

Each one of Christine's images comes with a tag explaining when the fish was caught, by which fisherman and on which boat.

Lobster

£126.00
(Framed - large)

John Dory

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Crab

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Double Mackerel

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Turbot

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Plaice

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Mackerel

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Gurnard

£126.00
(Framed - large)

Sea Bass

£126.00
(Framed - large)