Goldfish Salvation | Riusuke Fukahori | 深堀隆介

美渦 "Muses"

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.

美渦 "Muses"

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.

升ノ花 "A cup of flower"

升ノ花 "A cup of flower"

升ノ花 "A cup of flower"

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.

百済茶 "Quadara Tea"

As Stephen Messenger (treehugger) wrote

“[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.”

金魚酒 篠風 "Goldfish sake: Shinokaze"

金魚酒 篠風 "Goldfish sake: Shinokaze"

和金 "Goldfish sake" No. 5

“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

小渦 "Kouzu"

小波 "Konami"

粒の麦が地に落ちて死ねば "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies"

香具夜 "Kaguya"

香具夜 青垣 "Kaguya: Aokaki"

Riusuke Fukahori | Goldfish Salvation

Video © ICN Gallery

Riusuke Fukahori’s Layer Technique

Video © Dominic Alves

Pictures credits:

Dominic Alves: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11

Riusuke Fukahori: 9, 12, 13, 14


Riusuke Fukahori’s website

ICN Gallery

Dominic Alves on Flickr



  1. So real, so very amazing, and sooo talented! Like, WOW!!!

  2. Britt

    Looove how you can click on pictures and open up on BIG !!

  3. Jo

    Awesome post buck2ten! I searched more info on the artist and came across other blogs but yours was still the most complete and clean (Thank for no ads!!)
    Thumbs up!

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