As real as this image might look to you, this is a carefully painted creation of Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. The 3D image is carefully painted over multiple clear resin layers to achieve an astonishing realistic effect.
Riusuke Fukahori’s Goldfish Salvation was on display at the ICN Gallery in London until last week. These pictures illustrate the amazing work of this talented artist who just turned 39 yesterday. On his personal blog he wrote: “The mood is still about 33-year-old man Banzai.“
Fukahori also explains of his struggles to overcome depression, his trips to Europe and America in search of his own artistic vision and how he found his inspiration at home with the help of his pet goldfish.
“[Fukahori] employs a unique painting technique the artist developed to create convincingly realistic fish scenes. The resulting 3D artwork, while incredible in its creativity, actually serves as an ideal medium to express the subtle sense of melancholy felt in keeping a fish captive as a pet.”
“Over the years the goldfish breeding business has reached an extreme, perfecting goldfish in a variety of colours and shapes, they are admired as beautiful objects like ‘living sculptures’. Fukahori’s brush strokes capturing the liveliness, delicacy and dynamics of the goldfish and his sculpture works create an illusion by using resin to captive the painted surfaces creating a truly ‘living sculpture’.” – ICN Gallery promo clip
Riusuke Fukahori | Goldfish Salvation
Video © ICN Gallery
Riusuke Fukahori’s Layer Technique
Video © Dominic Alves
Dominic Alves: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Riusuke Fukahori: 9, 12, 13, 14