Adam Ashdown

  • Painting
  • Printmaking

I practice a simple yet beautiful Japanese technique known as Gyotaku. Come and visit Salty Bones Studio to witness live demonstrations and a fascinating collection of prints.

Studio Details

Salty Bones
6 Schooner Crescent

Opening Hours

  • Sat 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 11 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 12 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Wed 13 SeptClosed
  • Thu 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 18 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 19 SeptClosed
  • Wed 20 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Thu 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 22 Sept12pm - 6pm
  • Sat 23 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 24 Sept10am - 4pm

Follow the signs through the Carport on the right hand side of the property, the studio is at the rear of the block beyond the lawn, don't forget to throw a ball for Gypsy the dog.

  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)

Being a printmaker, it is all about the reveal. Often the unintentional outcomes end up being my favourite pieces, working exclusively with marine life these happy mistakes are a regular occurrence.
I have adopted the 19th-century Japanese technique known as Gyotaku, where traditionally sumi-e ink was applied to a fresh fish, a sheet of rice paper is then manipulated over the fish to produce a beautifully simple mirror image.
Experimentation has been paramount for my growth as an artist. Although Gyotaku is seemingly a very simple process, it has led me to change up the traditional basics of the art form using an array of different mediums. Layering and subject manipulation can really animate a piece bringing both depth and movement.
Again this year, I will be printing real fish daily, incorporating traditional Japanese sumi ink and mulberry bark papers, as well as a wet mounting technique known as urauchi.