This unbelievably realistic goldfish is actually not real, it was made by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. Yes, you got it right, it’s not alive fish, it was created in real Japanese houshold objects. Fukahori was patiently pouring a layer of resin, letting it dry, then painting a little piece with acrylic paint, then pouring another layer, painting more and so on until a perfect 3D goldfish appears.
“I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist. I think it’s obvious which pieces are Riusuke Fukahori pieces because the imitators use the wrong containers. They will never understand goldfish the way I do. They are only copying the craft, not the soul.” - says Fukahori.
The artist isn’t a resin or Japanese artist, he is goldfish fanatic. Having them all around his house in different containers, treating them as his friends, Riusuke spends hours on watching them. He doesn’t take sketches, he prefers to memorize their moves and behavior. Eight years of work spent and the result is overwhelming, most of the viewers tend to touch the “fish” in the “water”. Chapeau to the great talent!
November 21st, 2013 – January 18th, 2014 – Joshua Liner Gallery in New York presents “The Painted Breath”, Fukahori’s debut solo exhibition in New York featuring many of the artist’s new resin works and paintings.