Artist Darrell Ezekiel’s Catch of the Day

Text by Linda Wright / Photography by John O’Hagan

Things get a little fishy around Darrell Ezekiel’s studio when he’s creating his school of aquatic creatures.

Artist Darrell Ezekiel is a graphic designer by education and trade, but he is just as comfortable with a paintbrush in hand. One of his most popular ventures of late is paper collage. While working in a crafts gallery, he noticed people were coming in and searching for art for their waterfront home, or they wanted a hostess gift for a weekend at a friend’s lake or beach house.

That’s when the idea came to him to create fish for the wall.

Darrell cut a fish shape from plywood and embellished it with torn strips of paper. He says the first few fish were pretty basic, no metal fins or button eyes. As his worked progressed, he added scrap metal fins and flippers and varied the fish shapes.

Torn patterned papers are glued to the fish body, leaving a solid area for the head. “It’s when the eyes are added that the fish takes on a personality of its own,” Darrell says. His other collage projects include crosses and hearts of various sizes.

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