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November 2 - 25, 2018
Chrisopher Dewees
"A Life Among Fishes: 50 Years of Japanese Fish Painting"
Reception: Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

This retrospective will have prints from 1969 through 2018, showing the evolution of Christopher's techniques and styles. He will also include reproductions on tiles, and prints on fabric.

Chris Dewees at workChris is an uniquely talented Gyotaku artist and author. His incredible monoprint fish images are truly one of a kind, as each print is made from a real fish.

His latest book, "Life Among Fishes" is a large format, 180-page book including over 100 of his fish prints as well as anecdotes, poems and short stories.

If you want to explore doing Gyotaku yourself, complete instructions are included. This fine book is available at The Artery.


His Gyotaku style is traditional and delicate, with an emphasis on structure, printing and movement of fish and shellfish. Every type of fish is quite different and requires a different approach.

Chris did graduate work in fisheries biology at Humboldt State University and earned a Ph.D. in Ecology at UC Davis. While doing his academic work he pursued the fish printing process as well as studying fish and fisheries themselves. He has been a Marine Fisheries Specialist at UC Davis since 1972, serving as a link between the University of California and the state's commercial and recreational fishing industries.

gyotaku This show is truly unique, with stunning art that gives us a window into Chris's world of the fish.