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Brixton Bass Gyotaku Oil Painting

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120 x 180 cm on canvas, oils and mixed media. These Sea Bream have a wonderful rounded shape and work well for Gyotaku. I take a first impression in gesso, then work up with oils, scumbles, glazes and pigment. Each fish has a distinct personality, which I see and encourage in the final image.  These creatures are fighting for life. They capture a feeling of strength, endurance, energy, survival. I love this piece.  One of my favourites.  Made with fish sourced in Brixton Market.

£1,600.00 £1,280.00

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Jocasta Shakespeare

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I have exhibited in London, Brighton, York, Edinburgh, Mallorca.

I use my own technique, developed from the Japanese Gyotaku tradition of the 18th Century, which was a way of recording fsh catches.  Instead of using ink and rice paper, I work with gesso, oils, glazes and pigment on canvas.

I begin a piece on location. I have travelled mainly to South America (Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay) to work with local fishermen. But I also enjoy working around Britain and, indeed, wherever I happen to be.  I find amazing fish from all over the world in Brixton Market, London. Pictures are finished in my Studios in London and Oxfordshire.

Before becoming a painter, I worked for many years as a freelance journalist, covering human interest features around the world. I pursue that curiosity in my art. We are emptying the oceans and killing out fish species before we know anything much about them: how they communicate, how they create and use colour, where they go, how they reproduce. I am finding out so much as I work with these mysterious creatures. I channel my research into my work. Each piece has its own story to tell.  When you buy a work from me, you will also be given that story.

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