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Lifelike Goldfish Art!

A Goldfish artist is someone who literally paints goldfish, but Riusuke Fukahori’s goldfish paintings are on an entirely different level.
Riusuke's goldfish art is not only hand draw, but is also very dynamic, as it has three-dimensional aspect to it as well.

This video, titled "Goldfish Painted on a Plain Look Just Like the Real Thing! Goldfish Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s First Retrospective Exhibition 'Kingyo Yougajyou – Underneath the Scales-'" (平面に描かれた金魚がまるで本物! 金魚絵師・深堀隆介の初の回顧展『金魚養画場 ~鱗の向こう側~』), shows the beautiful goldfish works of Riusuke Fukahori.

Riusuke is very popular, not only in Japan but also abroad, for the quality of his paintings, which is hard to believe that they were painted by hand on a flat surface.
This video shows rare footage of Riusuke Fukahori’s exhibition "Kingyo Yougajoh – Underneath the scales," held in SEIBU SHIBUYA, Tokyo (東京, Tokyo) in 2016, as well as footage of him working.

About Goldfish Artist, Riusuke Fukahori

Riusuke Fukahori’s iconic work is his series "Kingyo-sake" (金魚, "Kingyo" means goldfish). It features his unique style of painting by pouring resin into a container, called "Ichigo-Masu" or "Goshaku-Masu," and painting on the surface with acrylic paint.

"Kingyo-sake" was posted on social media sites like Instagram, and became a popular topic overseas.
His works are all hand painted with a brush on resin laminated in multiple layers.
You can see him painting at 1:22 in the video.
As you can see from 0:15 in the video, the painted goldfish cannot be seen from the side, as they are painted on resin laminated in multiple layers.

The resin he uses for his artwork is super yellow resistant epoxy resin.
When Riusuke Fukahori began his career as an artist, he worked on sculptures and canvas paintings, but now he only focuses on goldfish artwork.
Because of his original art style, Riusuke Fukahori is the first artist in the world to be dubbed a "goldfish artist."
Nowadays, there are many creators around the world who use his three-dimensional style as a model for their work.

In this video, you can see a retrospective of his work.
Since 2012, Riusuke Fukahori has been holding constant solo exhibitions and winning awards.
His exhibitions at Miyazaki Prefecture's (宮崎県, Miyazaki-Ken) Miyazaki Prefectural Art Museum , Shizuoka Prefecture's (静岡県, Shizuoka-Ken) Sano Art Museum, and Yamagata Prefecture's (山形県, Yamagata-Ken) Manabia Terrace Museum in Higashine (東根, Higashine), have always drawn large crowds of visitors who have been fascinated by his works.

Riusuke Fukahori’s Past Exhibits

Here's a list of past exhibits and artworks by Goldfish artist Riusuke Fukahori.

The Hiratsuka Museum of Art: "Heisei Shinchuya"
・Yatomi Goldfish Aquarium & Riusuke Fukahori Exhibition 2018
Kariya City Art Museum, Goldfish Artist Riusuke Fukahori exhibition "Heisei Shinchuya."
・Concourse window display of Osaka Hankyu Umeda Main Store (2019)
・Riusuke Fukahori’s retrospective exhibition "Kingyo Yougajoh –Underneath the scales" in SEIBU SHIBUYA, Tokyo

Summary of Goldfish Artist Riusuke Fukahori

The artworks of Goldfish artist Riusuke Fukahori, who currently lives in Yokohama (横浜, Yokohama) are produced in an atelier that was renovated from a rental factory.
Since his works are created entirely by hand, mass production is not possible, and the most popular works and goods are sold via lottery, with prices ranging from tens of thousands of yen to hundreds of thousands of yen per piece.

There are many avid collectors, and the enthusiasm for the goldfish paintings created by Riusuke Fukahori never stops, so much so that the collectors who own many of his works themselves hold private exhibitions.
We're looking forward to the works that Riusuke Fukahori will create in the future!

【Official Website】RIUSUKE FUKAHORI Official site

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Last Updated : Oct. 23, 2020
児玉 勇(Yu Kodama)
A writer who loves Japan and yakitori
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