Catch Of The Day Oregon

Gyotaku/Custom Fish Printing

Catch Of The Day Oregon

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Original Fish Prints




 Gyotaku, (gee-oh-tah-koo) or "fish rubbing," originated in the 18th century and was used to record the size and species of fish caught. Today it has evolved into an art form. The artist inks the freshly caught fish with a nontoxic, water-soluble ink, then rice paper is placed on the fish and is hand-rubbed. After removal of the rice paper, the eye is hand-painted, and enhancement color is added resulting in a scale-by-scale likeness of the fish. The artist's "chop" and signature are added to complete the artwork. Each print is a one-of-a-kind-original.

Don was born and raised in Michigan on the AuSable River. His father was a guide on the river, as was Don in high school and college. Eventually he worked his way West through Colorado to Oregon in 1979. It was on the Rogue River that Don guided and fished commercially for about five years. His fishing skills, combined with his interest in art led Don to Gyotaku. He then attended a one day workshop at Coos Art Museum and started imprinting at home. Don is now doing custom printing for fishermen, and his work is in galleries as far north as Alaska. He and Kay belong to the worldwide Nature Printing Society where printing is done of fish, birds, plants and flowers.

Don and Kay Jenson
3700 14th Ave SE unit 108
Olympia Wa. 98501-2772