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Fish #174 Reticulated Dragonet Callionymus reticulatus ~ Susan Banks
Oil on canvas 18 x 25 cm
Size: Max.11cm males, max.6.5cm females
Habitat: Associated with shallow waters and soft ground. Found mainly on western shores, although recorded as far north as Scotland, and into the southern North Sea.
Food: Feeds on small crustaceans and worms.
I like my paintings to be visually unstable and this work is the antithesis of "a capture" of the subject. When seen in natural environment a fish must always be observed through the lens of water and all the stuff floating in it consequently its appearance must quite unlike its image in air when the creature is out of its element (fished up) and probably dead. Very diverse colours, shapes and transparencies appear in photographs from different sources. There is no true image to be fixed.
Possibly the nearest to the notion of "a capture" is a diagram that identifies parts but looks nothing like a real moving living fish.
I like the name of this little fish which suggests both a dragon and a network; also it is of no particular interest to the fishing industry.
Susan Banks M.A. M.Phil. is a painter and former art lecturer with a studio in rural Lincolnshire. She studied painting at Croydon College of Art and Hull School of Art. Her paintings include abstract re-workings of popular myths, exploring the symbolic and metaphoric attributes of art of the past and have a recent focus on Roman wall paintings.
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