Koi Carp

This is a giclee print of my original pen, ink and watercolour illustration of the widely admired Koi Carp

There are many legends surrounding Koi Carp. It is because of a particular story that, at a time of ongoing global upheaval in 2016, I was inspired to paint these creatures, symbolic of facing adversity with strength and determination.

‘..An ancient tale tells of a huge school of golden Koi swimming upstream the Yellow River in China. Gaining strength by fighting against the current, the school glimmered as they swam together through the river. When they reached a waterfall at the end of the river, many of the Koi turned back, letting the flow of the river carry them away. The remaining koi refused to give up. Leaping from the depths of the river, they attempted to reach the top of the waterfall to no avail. Their efforts caught the attention of local demons, who mocked their efforts and heightened the waterfall out of malice. After a hundred years of jumping, one Koi finally reached the top of the waterfall. The gods recognized the Koi for its perseverance and determination and turned it into a golden dragon, the embodiment of power and strength.’
credit: Koi Story

Professionally printed onto 100% recycled white 300gsm paper, this print is available in two sizes: Small (A4) or Large (A3); unframed, or framed. Please allow up to 10 days delivery time for framed prints.
All Fur Feathers and Tails cards and prints are 100% recycled, are packaged in 100% compostable corn starch bags and recycled/ recyclable packaging. Printed in the UK.


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A4 (210 x 297mm), A3 (297 x 420mm)

Framing options

Unframed, Black frame, White frame


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