The Fishlass Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Fishlass Original Mixed Media Painting

1,200.00

12x48 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor, kraft paper, watercolor paper on stained maple panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Jobs of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a fishlass. These women were strong. Hefting 50-pound baskets of fresh fish from the shores of the North Sea to the local market, calling to customers all the while in their signature colorful language, the Cullercoats fishlasses were a sight to be seen and a force to be reckoned with. As the first rays of sun began to illuminate the misty sky, the men prepared their cobles for the impending day on the North Sea while their wife would be searching for bait and then baiting lines. Once the men returned, these women would clean the herring swiftly and deftly. Once the fish were cleaned the fishlasses would heft their baskets full of fresh fish into the market to peddle to the townspeople. The fishlasses were shrewd negotiators that employed foul-language and keen wits to get the most shillings for their family’s catch. The action was quick, as the fish had to be sold before the day’s sun spoiled them and the fishwives didn’t waste a second. If the market for their fish wasn’t favorable, the Cullercoats fishlasses would grab their 50-pound basket and walk nearly TEN MILES to a larger market in nearby Newcastle. I’ll say it again; these women were strong.

The Fisherlass was created on a maple wood panel and acrylic paint. The long-limbed character was crafted using watercolor paper and affixed to the wood panel. This unique process brings the character to life and giving the character a ghost-like feel reminding the viewer of times forgotten. The demise of the fishlass is a tale of how the market where she sold her fish was rendered obsolete as we began to choose supermarkets instead of local markets.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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