Goldfish Art from Riusuke Fukahori
Riusuke Fukahori was born 1973 in Aichi prefecture where he also graduated at a design university in 1995. It is on 2002 that Riusuke started using acrylic and resin to meticulously draw goldfish layer by layer to achieve a 3D effect close to a sculpture. The result are very realistically looking goldfishes frozen in time swimming in all kind of containers ranging from wooden tubs in all sizes, shells, metal boxes or bamboo.
Riusuke states that the idea of creating goldfish sculptures came to his mind during a long period of depressions when he was spending a lot of time at home. Watching his own goldfish at home cheered him up and gave him inspiration and energy to start his new goldfish art. It took until 2005 until Ruisuke got recognized in Japan and his international debut was in 2008 on the Shanghai Art Fair. He then also exhibited his art in Taiwan and Germany and recently was promoted by the ICN gallery in London.
In his book Riusuke Fukahori writes:
“Throughout their long history, goldfish have continuously been artificially bred to create various types. Although they are uncomplicated fish they deep-root in our mind and continue to entertain and heal us.”
“To think about goldfish and express them as my artwork is to look into my inner-self and seek my own identity. After looking at goldfish for 10 years I have reached this conclusion.
I will keep searching for the motivation for my activities as an artist and my identity through goldfish. While salvaged and suffered by goldfish, I will live with goldfish and stare at myself further.”
Find Riusuke Fukahori and his goldfish art on his website (Japanese only) and his book on Amazon Japan.
Riusuke Fukahori does not produce his artwork in winter. The production of artwork requires a constant temperature of more than 22 degree celsius to avoid cracks. Riusuke also only works on his creations when he feels inspired by watching living goldfish. It therefore is hard to forecast availability of artworks.
In 2011 Riusuke Fukahori published a book with pictures of artwork including the goldfish paintings. Although the descriptions are written in English and Japanese it seems hard to proceed the book outside of Japan. You can also buy the book through the NIHON ICHIBAN SHOP for 3635 Japanese Yen plus international shipping.