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28 Feb


Author: Travis
In between shooting for my documentary film Spring Creek: Rancher's Anglers, Water and Trout, I have taken to shooting numerous side projects or short films. Canvasfish is one of them. It’s hard to tell what came first for Derek DeYoung angling or art?  At the age of 6, Derek was declaring to friends and family that he wanted to be a famous artist.  Enamoured with angling from an early young age DeYoung’s favourite subject has always been fish. But by the time he left art school at the age of 23, DeYoung realized he needed to push his artwork in a new direction. In order to achieve his goal, he began to experiment with composition, taking the fish’s form away and removing the actually shape of the fish.  By zooming in extremely close on his subject, DeYoung’s objective was to portray trout in colour and pattern only. The result was the “Abstract Trout Face” series paintings. Derek’s contemporary vision and vibrant use of colour challenged the traditional, classic style of angling artwork and eventually received critical acclaim and success.  That success would lead to corporate collaborations with Abel and Simms that would make the DeYoung name into a brand. A consequence that he struggles with as he attempts to build a life around his love of painting and his passion for fly fishing. Canvasfish is intimate portrait of an artist and his work. It celebrates a small part of the culture of fly fishing while not attempting to document the pursuit of it. Filmed at DeYoung’s Livingston, Montana studio, Canvasfish chronicles DeYoung’s career as he paints his way through life, a fly rod in one hand and paint brush in the other.  

4 Responses to “Canvasfish”

  1. Mike Kirkpatrick says:

    Very nice big guy! Also very inspiring at a few levels. Legend.

  2. Jake Klaus says:

    Love it. Big fan of Derek’s work. When we work a job that allows lots of days on the water, we have made it. Nice film.

  3. Mark Byndas says:

    Nicely done. I even got my wife to sit down and view this short film on Dereks wonderful use of colors to see the trout in a different and beautiful way. I hope to say hi to Derek at the mich. fly fishing show.

  4. Brian E. Basic says:

    Nice work Derek! The painting you did for me are looking Great!

    When are you coming down to Everglades National Park, you could paint my favorite fish “Redfish”


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