From Pfister’s Rainbow Fish to Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, fish are not only to be found swimming in lakes and aquariums. They are the stuff of literature, protagonists on canvas, muses to artists the world over. Their ability to breathe underwater makes them as fascinating as they are unique. Reaching depths far beyond the reach of humans, they gain a privileged perspective on underwater life. Reason enough to pay tribute to these most nimble of swimmers with fish art.
Like a fish out of water
While humans, whales and other mammals aren’t gifted with the amazing ability to breathe underwater, fish are blessed with gills instead of lungs, enabling them to filter oxygen from lakes, rivers or oceans. Aside from the general distinction between freshwater and saltwater fish, scientists have also discovered about 32,500 subspecies over the past few centuries.
Fancy an underwater expedition of your own? Get inspired by the most magnificent marine life out there. Fish art prints can turn your interior into an aquarium that you’ll never have to clean. Easy peasy!
While formerly looked down upon as a niche hobby, angling has been a popular pastime for young and old alike for several decades now. Well-equipped fishing shops contain everything an angler’s heart could desire, while a multitude of clubs have sprung up, offering a place to discuss tips, tricks and more.
We totally get the appeal. What could be better than spending the day on a beach or lake with your best buddies, armed with a cooler full of beer just an arm’s reach away? As the sun sets, you take photos of your trophies before grilling them for dinner. Hang a memento to your last trip with a fish print and reminisce about the simpler side of life.
From rainbow-coloured scales to comically spherical bodies to whirling swarms—the fascinating world of fish has had many fans well before the search for Nemo got underway on the big screen. Christianity had long adopted the fish as a religious symbol in art, while in China it is a symbol of good fortune.
Fish have also become a status symbol in Japan. The world-famous Kois breed of fish has been known to change hands for costly, six-figure sums and are proudly displayed in strictly-guarded ponds.