Fish Paintings

An Example of a Fish Painting

Enjoy the Unique Display of Fish Painting


Fish paintings are a unique display of colors and details that display the fish in its natural environment or with other compositions. The unique shapes of each fish species are highlighted down to the relief of each fish’s scales to the fine rays of its fins.


Fish painting is a form of art seen across the centuries which provides a sense of pride for those who own them. Maui Fish Printing is an experienced company that’s ready to bring your fish painting to life. With over 18 years in the field of gyotaku, you can expect to have an end result that’s finely detailed with skilled craftsmanship. Call 808-344-9954 or email to learn more.




A Brief Background on Fish Art

Fish art, in general, has been the subject of works of art for at least 14,000 years and has appeared in primitive art with many cultures around the globe. Ancient civilizations showed these as constant motifs and with the development of print and painting the depiction of fish became more widespread with still lifes appearing in the renaissance which depicted more realistic impressions. As such, with gyotaku, i.e. fish prints, being developed in the 1850s in Japan, direct reliefs of the details of a fish would be transferred to paper for incredibly life-like renditions. Although gyotaku is a black and white direct imprint of a fish, fish painting is a more colorful and imaginative rendition that can have more background and color beyond the subject of the fish. You may be able to create an environment of the fish in the water and its habitat with water and plants to add more to the composition inside the frame.  

What We Can Do

We may be able to create a scene for you with your preference of species, size, environment, colors, medium, and more. We may also commemorate a catch or specific fish that you’d like represented, all you’d have to do is follow these steps:

  • Step 1 - take a picture of your fish
  • Step 2 - measure your fish
  • Step 3 - release your fish - no-kill Fish Printing
  • Step 4 - Send it to us (we use our years of experience with your photo and measurements to commission a work of art to immortalize your memory). 

Ultimately, your work will be customized to match your preferences so that you may have an optimized fish painting in Lahaina, HI.

Fish Painting FAQ

Types of Fish Paintings Themes

You may be able to consider the overall goal of your fish painting. When fish are used in art, they often symbolize harmony and marital happiness as many fish are seen swimming in pairs. Fish in general are seen to represent the unconscious and higher-self, motives, and feelings. They can be a metaphor for deeper awareness, thought processes, and intelligence. What’s more, fish are commonly associated with the water element which signifies stability, tranquility, and balance. Since water brings life, all creatures who are living beneath the surface will symbolize fertility, birth, and rebirth. Ultimately, there are many motivations to choose from that can be personal or inspirational. You may even be able to consider a story or message you’d like represented with your work of art.

Types of Fish 

There are many different species of fish that represent different things or give off a different overall vibe to the work of art based on its look. A catfish for example provides a unique look that can symbolize prosperity and abundance while koi have good luck associated with them. Salmon in turn can symbolize wisdom in accordance with Welsh and Celtic mythology or determination, renewal, and prosperity with Native American art. We encourage you to find the fish that best represents your culture or spiritual ideas for a more customized meaning that inspires you.


Confer With Us About Your Artwork


If you’re wanting to discuss your goals, we’re here to confer with you at any time. Maui Fish Printing has reliable communication so that you may rest assured that your project is being well-executed during every step of the process. Get in touch with us today by email at or call us at 808-344-9954. We look forward to working with you.


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