by Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 5 December 2013

Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori is known for his three-dimensional goldfish paintings created by pouring resin – the material they use for sculptures and not the dried grape that old people love to eat. Badum-tss! He had been practicing his craft for eight years before he became a hit online last year with his life-like creations. Now there are many copycats, but there can only be one master of the three-dimensional goldfish.

Fukahori says: ‘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’.

To create these sculptures, Fukahori uses a meticulous technique of pouring resin, letting it dry, and painting a portion of the goldfish on top of it. From there, it’s rinse and repeat until the 3D goldfish are formed.  His works are currently in an exhibit called The Painted Breath at the Joshua Liner Gallery in New York from now until January 18, 2014. So that gives me less than two months to scrounge up some money to try and convince him about selling me one of these beautiful, super-realistic babies.

Via My Modern Met