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50 x 60cm unique ink and oil painting sold mounted and signed by artist Jocasta Shakespeare. indigo, violet, pthalmo green.  Wild Sea Bass in waterweed.

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In this stunning unique and original gyotaku ink and oil painting, the wild seabass show off their muscly and flexible bodies as they swim together through tangled weed. Also called Loup de Mer (Sea Wolf) these beautiful fish swim against the current and hunt together for efficiency and safety.  The media pick up lovely textures and details of scales, heads and tails in this wonderful work, sold mounted and signed by artist Jocasta Shakespeare

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Dimensions 50 × 0.5 × 60 cm

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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