When Japanese-born artist Riusuke Fukahori seeks inspiration, he finds vision in his pet goldfish. This seemingly simple inspiration fueled Fukahori to create his Goldfish Salvation exhibit, which showed in London’s ICN contemporary art gallery from December 2011 to January 2012.
Fukahori creates amazing, lifelike three dimensional goldfish using acrylic paints and clear resin. With a combination of intricate painting skills and carefully poured layers of resin, the artist not only creates gorgeous realistic goldfish, but he also manages to transform them into scenes. One might imagine staring at a static scene rather than a piece of art.
The artist’s aquatic creations seem to be frozen in time, rather than simply being paint in resin. They swim in intricate groups, weaving in and out, playfully swimming into buckets and other thoughtfully placed items. The purposefully created imperfections, such as nibbled leaves and color variations in each goldfish, give Fukahori’s art an incredibly realistic and delicate appearance. Even tiny details like bubbles, scales, and gills are found on pieces of his art.
Fukahori is a graduate of the Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music, but did not start creating his famed fish until a low point in his career. He is now renowned for his lifelike creations, as well as his inspiring paintings and drawings.