When you see these goldfish pictures, the first impression might be…yeah, these are some photos of actual goldfishes swimming peacefully in their little water tanks. But how about I tell you these goldfishes aren’t real? They are just realistic 3D “living masterpieces” paintings created by Japanese artist, Riusuke Fukahori via using a complex process of poured resin in large sushi basins to the hollow insides of black bamboo.
The fishes are embedded and painted meticulously layer by layer, in layers of transparent resin. And while the objects he's creating are in fact three-dimensional, he builds them up two-dimensionally, creating successive layers that he seals in resin before adding the next layer on top of the last.
When struggling with artistic vision, Fukahori’s pet goldfish became his inspiration and ever since his passion and lifelong theme. No idea of how long it takes Riusuke Fukahori to draw one fish but it must be a painstaking, complex and tedious process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. The end results are highly dynamic, capturing the animated life of the fishes.
Fukahori has just closed an exhibition at ICN Gallery in London recently titled "Goldfish Salvation" a collection of paintings and sculptures revolving around the often colourful freshwater fish hosted by ICN gallery.
Really like the rich meticulous attention given to detail the pieces and the optical illusion aspect that capture the delicacy and animated life of the fishes. Such stunning and incredible work! And here is video showing the process of Riusuke Fukahori’s painting: