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Yellowtail Synchronized Swim Team

This sleek torpedo of a fish sports a golden racing stripe and inhabits temperate and subtropical seas worldwide. The world record exceeds 100 pounds, but most fish caught today weigh 20 pounds or less.  Groups of yellowtail have been observed herding schools of smaller fish into locations where the prey are more vulnerable to capture.  This composition pays tribute to this fish’s unusual capacity for cooperation.

The central fish and surrounding tails were printed in blue, yellow, and silver inks on white mulberry paper.  The gold and blue hues of the surrounding marbled paper match those of the fish.  Gold threads in the surrounding black border and the gilded horizontal poles tie the various elements together.

Size:  60 x 37 inches  (2003)

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