John Doherty


All prints are IGEN prints on Premium Archival Matte Paper, and those with frames include a 1/8″ thick clear acrylic and foamcore backing kit.

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The Fish Rubbing Process

The fish rubbing process, also known as Gyotaku, began two thousand years ago in the Orient. It was originally done to document species and sizes of fish. It then transformed into an art form. The Gyotaku technique allows for a truly accurate image of all the details in each fish.

Simple and Beautiful

“I use the following method to make the image look as natural as can be. First I mix up paint or ink and then apply it directly on the fish. Next, I simply cover the fish with fine paper or fabric and gently rub.”
-John F. Doherty, Artist and Owner

(Gyo = fish Taku = imaging)

Fish Rubbing originated in the Orient back in the early 1800′s. It has been used to preserve records of fisherman’s catches. As time has moved on, people have found the prints to be visually pleasing.
The Art of Gyotaku is a delicate and ever-changing art form. The potential to create new and different works increase with each new design.
Each fish rubbing is unique. The set up can be changed in a variety of ways. We can use a broad range of prints or inks. The printing stock can vary from the gentlest rice paper to a much firmer canvas.
The basic method remains relatively simple. Apply paint or ink to the actual fish and lay your paper or canvas on top of it. Then rub over the entire fish and gently peel the paper off to have a look at your new creation.
It is also a wonderful way to stay close to the ocean and appreciate the beauty and variety of marine life.
Also, it is said that it brings good luck to the fisherman.