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Wednesday, june 20th, 2018 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles
5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100

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As a pre-opening event for the art exhibition "Impressions of the Seas" in collaboration with LACMA, a brief lecture by the curator and live demonstration by the artist will be held followed by a reception sponsored by Sotheby's Institute of Art. The exhibition will be public view from June 21 to July 13th, 2018 (Admission free).


Japanese gyotaku (lit. ‘fish rubbing’) is the unlikely marriage of fish, sumi ink, and washi paper. Once used to record the size of an impressive catch, it has been elevated to a fine art through the efforts of gyotaku masters such as Yutaka Aso (1898-1961) and Yoshio Hiyama (b. 1909) and was introduced to the United States in the mid-20th century. Contemporary practitioners have supplanted the traditional method with modern acrylics and oil-based inks, as well as the inclusion of pigmentation by colored inks or through digital editing.

Dwight Hwang (b. 1974) is a Los Angeles-based, Korean-American storyboard artist who trained in gyotaku during a seven year stint in Japan. A self-taught traditionalist in that he almost exclusively creates black-and-white images with water-based sumi, Dwight brings life to lifeless forms through his innovative approach which has produced unique depictions of fish at a three quarter view and from above.

"Impressions of the Seas: Gyotaku Fish Prints" features a selection of prints depicting freshwater, coastal and open ocean specimens alongside objects which detail the gyotaku printmaking process.

- Michael VanHartingsveldt (LACMA), curator

More information about the lecture & demonstration and exhibition, visit JFLA website.