Riusuke Fukahori draws goldfish on layers of resin to give it a three-dimensional effect. It’s just like magic. He only draws goldfish, stating: ‘Goldfish has everything good and evil, so it’s beautiful’.
Goldfish are a big source of inspiration for the Japanese, but art collective Kingyobu has taken that inspiration to the next level. The group has installed goldfish tank phone booths on the streets of Osaka, making for quite the interesting sight. The cord of the phone floats about in the water, while dozens of goldfish swim around in the booth. The installations are visually intriguing, although there’s no apparent reason as to why they are there in the first place.
I always admired the way traditional Japanese ink paintings have an uncanny ability to capture a frozen moment with such simple brush strokes. Riusuke Fukahori takes this to the next level by painting hyper realistic 3D goldfish using traditional techniques. The fish are meticulously painted on resin, layer-by-layer, like wafer slices that come together to create life-like marvels of beauty and technique. What I love about this is his inspiration came from a humble pet goldfish that he only started painting because he was going through an artist’s version of writers block.