Koi were developed from carp, crossbred for colour in Japan in the early 19th century. They weren’t revealed to the outside world until 1914, at that year’s annual exposition in Tokyo. Interest in koi was immediate and explosive.
Acrylic paints were developed not long afterwards, in Germany (but they weren’t commercially available until the 1950s).
These stories merge in 2015, with Vancouver artist Bret Taylor’s newest collection, Koi 2.0. The iridescence and colour juxtapositions of his acrylic metalflake technique perfectly match the visual appearance of all the nishikigoi varieties.
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