The pouting, or bib, is a humble little fish. You won’t find him on ice in Waitrose or Sainsburys, much is the shame. That doesn’t mean he isn’t swimming the shores of the UK in abundance, quite the opposite. Part of the cod family, until recently it was rare to see pouting for sale in fishmongers but this is changing slowly. They are a cheaper, and more sustainable, alternative to premium white fish such as haddock and cod. Many of the pouting which are caught by trawlers still end up being processed as fishmeal, or used to bait crab and lobster pots.
Photo of Pouting, Brixham Fish Market
‘Pouting’ Oil & Acrylic
‘Pouting’ is one of a number of sketches and paintings Giles Ward has created recently of this beautifully colourful little fish. The original inspiration was a pair of discarded pouting Giles discovered on a visit to Brixham Fish Market. Whilst the full-to-the-brim trays of sea bass, bream, mackerel and lobsters were drawing ferocious bidding, a pair of tiny pouting were considered worthless and consigned to waste. Giles took the opportunity to photograph them and give them a new lease of life on the canvas, bringing alive their distinctive oranges and pinks.
‘Pouting’ is now available as a strictly limited edition sized print.
Signed Limited Edition of 150
Giclée Art Print on acid free art silk 290gsm
Hand signed and numbered by Giles
Available framed or unframed