Artist paints goldfish in resin and makes them look realistic

Riusuke Fukahori is a Japanese Artist who uses resin and Acrylic paint to encase his painted fish in eternal pools of water.

He was born in Aichi and attended the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. He developed his technique in 2000 and actually keeps goldfish in his work studio to observe.

He also paints leaves, bubbles and anything to match the scene of a clear pond – with the shadows cast by the painted layers of fish being the main source of depth and indication in all Fukahori’s art.


The plants that he paints are also extremely impressive, the sinewy roots of small plants shaded and tinted to perfection. Fukahori paints the plants in such painstaking detail that you have to wonder how long he had to observe plant/pondlife for before being able to create these beautifully realised ponds 😀


Kingyo Sukui (The Ark) – Kingyo means Goldfish

Fukahori has a piece called ‘Kingyo Sukui’ (The Ark), but Kingyo Sukui means ‘Goldfish Scooping,’ the festival game at matsuri (festival) in Japan where you have to catch goldfish with a scooper – the same one as the green net shown in the picture.

Spring of the Moon (2015)


“Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori by ICN Gallery

Read more about him ;D (bibliography)


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