REEL ART FOR REEL PEOPLE
BY DANIEL W. DAVIS
GYOTAKU-(ghee-oh-tah-koo) Developed in the early 1800's, the Samurai fisherman used Gyotaku as way to record the exact shape and size of catch before the invention of the camera. Like so many things oriental, Gyotaku evolved into a highly prized art form. An original impression is made in ink directly from the fish as the technique faithfully line for line all of the intricate patterns of every scale and fin. Prints are said to bring good luck to the fisherman.
Hi, Thanks for visiting my website. Let me tell you a little bit about me.
I was born and raised in Buffalo New York. I attended Lafayete High School. I attended 1 year of Damean College to work on my portfolio so I could get accepted at School of Visual Arts, where I received a Bachelors of Fine Art.(BFA)
During school, I worked my way through school doing odd jobs, such as an art assistant for sculptors and painters. I also studied summers at the Art Student League. I also participated in group shows at SOHO & The School of Visual Arts Galleries.
After being held up 4 times at gunpoint, I decided to take a vacation to the Florida Keys.
After catching my first fish, which was a big one, and I had know idea what it even was, I called everyone, and said I wasn't coming back.
When I moved to the Keys, I worked as a potter, in a cabinet shop, and a fishing mate on a head boat for 4 years.
I have become aware of how our environment in the Florida Keys has drastically changed in the 20 years.
I want to preserve what we are so fortunate to see today. I also use this form of preservation as an "Artist Alternative" to taxidermy.
I have comprised a wide spectrum of saltwater species, and will be working on a freshwater and a color series.
My work has been exhibited at the Under The Sun Exhibition at the Key West Museum of Fine Art & History in Jan.2000 and was represented by Art Lovers Gallery.
I currently show at the Morada Way Art & wine Walk every 3rd Thursday of the month.
Hoping that you enjoy all of your days, and that you catch the fish of your dreams.