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Astonishing Goldfish Resin Artist: Riusuke Fukahori

When you see the works of Riusuke Fukahori,  you get an impression that genuine goldfish have been incased in glass.

Riuske resigned from a display production company so that he could work on his art in earnest.   However, at one point he fell into a slump.  One day he said to himself, “Well, I should quit making art!”   In his blog he wrote:

 After 5 years had passed since I graduated from an art university, despite working hard to achieve my dream of becoming an artist, I was confronted with anxiety about the future and the gap between my ideal and reality. As a result, I lost confidence and suffered from profound despair. 

 I was exhausted from the mental distress and lay down on my bed. And then, by chance, I noticed a small fish tank beside the bed. 

 In the fish tank was a Wakin Goldfish, which I brought back from a Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Scooping) stall at a summer festival seven years ago. Its name was Kim-pin, female. 

 I didn’t take a good care of her and the water was unclean with the fish droppings. However, she was thriving in the tank and I hadn’t even noticed that she had grown to a length of 20 cm. 

 I lifted the lid of the tank and looked at her from above. 

 At the moment, I felt a thrill shiver up my spine. 

 In the dirty water, her shiny red back was mysterious and extremely beautiful. 

 “I’m sure she will save me,” I told myself. 

 I took out some red paint and painted a picture of her figure. 

Fun! Fun! It’s so much fun! 

 A moment later, there was a large shoal of goldfish in front of me. 

 This was it! 

 This was the answer that I had been looking for, and I didn’t find it in Europe or America, but I found it in my very own room. 

 Back then, I didn’t know why I was so attracted to goldfish but I felt as if I had found a ray of light in the darkness of my mind. 

 I call that day’s event “Kingyo Sukui (Goldfish Salvation)” and I value the memory.

Here are some photos of his work.





“Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori

>> Riusuke Fukahori’s Blog

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1 Response

  1. Aiden says:

    Can I buy his work in Japan?

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