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

Printed onto beautifully textured 225gsm Somerset enhanced 100% cotton paper using professional pigment inks, this print is available in two sizes: A4 and A3, unframed or framed (black or white frames available). All prints come signed and dated by the artist.
All unframed and mounted prints come in high quality recyclable stay-flat cello sleeves and are packaged in stiffened envelopes. Framed prints are safely packaged in recycled/recycleable packaging and sent via courier.
Please allow up to 10 days for production and delivery of framed prints.



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

Framing options

Unframed, Black frame, White frame


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