Bluefin Tuna Tail Print
Title: 1007lb Atlantic Bluefin
Artist: Ethan Estess
Material: Acrylic paint on rice paper
Size: 36 x 44 inches
This series of original artworks depicts the tail of a 1,007lb Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) printed in acrylic paint on rice paper using the Japanese technique of gyotaku or “fish rubbing”. Tag-A-Giant researcher/artist Ethan Estess created these unique prints while in the field tagging and releasing giant bluefin off Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in October 2016. There is an active commercial fishery for giant bluefin in this region, and Estess utilized the discarded tuna tails from the processing facility to pay homage to the beauty of these magnificent animals and highlight the need to conserve their populations around the globe.
Framed* $500 (black metal frame, glass faceplate, and foamcore backing with hanging wire/hardware)
Each artwork is an original and there are slight variations in color and detail due to the nature of the printing technique. *Artworks can be purchased with the tuna tail in a horizontal (tail tips pointing left) or vertical (tail tips pointing up) orientation.