Charlie at work creating the Gyotaku from the shark
"STONEY POINT MAKO"
Sanibel Island, Florida
Gyotaku by Charlie Brown
"All fishermen are liars except you and me, and I'm not so sure about you." ~ Unknown
Charlie Brown became interested in the folk art of Gyotaku because he is a fisherman. In Gyotaku, each fish is inked directly and an image is transferred onto paper. In Japan, before photography, fisherman used this method to take a "picture" of their large fish, proving the size of their catch.
He says, "By printing fish, I do not intend to imply that I am not a liar, that would be lying, but I do hope you enjoy my art."
Charlie grew up in Fort Myers, as did his father. He fishes out of his home in Shell Creek. The images you see here came from fish caught by Charlie, his friends and family.
Tower Gallery's Charlie Brown is the featured artist in the Autumn 2006 edition of Gulf & Main, a Southwest Florida magazine available at Barnes & Noble. A lifelong fisherman of local waters, Charlie practices gyotaku, the Japanese folk art of painting a fish then pressing paper onto the fish to create the image.
Tower's gyotaku artist Charlie Brown appears in the September issue of "Expressions", the WGCU public media magazine. The two -page article profiles Charlie and describes his work. This issue of "Epressions" features reproductions of five of Charlie's paintings: "Gulf Sail", "Tiny Bubbles", "4 of Spadefish", "Rockfish" and " Banana Mangrove Snapper".