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Mark Smith
Fish Art

Artist Statement

Like many artists,
I draw inspiration from the natural world around me
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Hand-Cast Paper: Incorporating gyotaku imagery into hand-cast paper pieces is the artist's signature work. To arrive at the finished paper piece requires a series of processes. A full-size model is first constructed of sand, rocks, or willow branches. Wet plaster is poured over the model and when it dries, it becomes the negative or mold for the final piece. The fish prints are then composed face down on top of the plaster mold. Cotton pulp is blended with water and screened onto the plaster mold, on top of the fish prints. The fibers realign as the wet pulp is pressed down onto the plaster mold and the fish prints and paper piece become one.

If you are interested in any of these art pieces or other commissioned work, please contact the artist by using the contact form.

Rainbow Trout and Aspen Leaves

Hand-cast paper and Gyotaku, 16 x 22.5”
2010

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Brown and Rainbow Trout and Stonefly Nymphs

Hand-cast paper and Gyotaku, 22 x 30”
2011

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Coral Reef

Hand-cast paper and Gyotaku, 15 x 25”
2003

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Bonefish Flats

Hand-cast paper and Gyotaku, 31 x 62”
2002

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Riseform

Hand-cast paper and Gyotaku, 24.5 x 33.5”
2010

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