Yusei Nagashima: an artist who paints nothing but fish

Scomber japonicus

Scomber japonicus

Yusei Nagashima 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.


Lethrinus Nebulosus

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.


Canthigaster Rivulata


Lateolabrax Japonicus


Genus Tanakia

fish from wakayama marina city

fish from wakayama marina city


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  2. The fluidity of Nagashima’s technique; the glow and flow of his brushwork is perfectly aligned with a very potent symbol. Thanks for the introduction. I will check in on him Friday’s from now on.

  3. Utilizing a procedure called suminagashi craftsman Miki Saito makes layers of dynamic tones. When the ink has dried the craftsman runs in with acrylic, gouache and mineral shades to include complex points of interest that uncover creatures concealed or disguised by the ink.

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