grew up watching fish. He was enthralled by their expressions and colors, and the way they glide through the water. So it’s only natural that he became a uofu gaka
, a Japanese word referring, specifically, to those who specialize in painting fish.
The fish that Nagashima decides to paint are as varied as a city of people. Some or colorful while others are dullish, but each receives the same attention to detail from the 32-year old artist’s brush.
And for the last 3 years Nagashima has been posting a new painting to his website every single Friday. The paintings are accompanied by a short essay on his relationship to the particular fish–memories of it, special characteristics or any other memorable traits.
Nagashima just wrapped up an exhibition at Suido Gallery in Tokyo. If you missed it, some of his prints are available online.
fish from wakayama marina city