Last night I was lucky enough to witness the most extraordinary art. Contemporary Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori made his London debut at the ICN Gallery in Shoreditch last month. Fukahori took inspiration from his pet goldfish to form a lifelong art style. Using acrylic paint and layers of clear resin poured into containers, Fukahori creates beautiful, seemingly three-dimensional pieces that are not only an uncanny resemblance to real life fish but also capture movement and motion.
To get a better idea of what I’m talking about, watch this video (you have until midnight on 14/01/2012 before it is removed).
Though the small gallery is not full of exhibition pieces, there is enough to look at and admire for hours as each piece is so intricate and delicate that you will be in awe and revisiting each piece several times.
The unbelievable attention to detail is exquisite and almost unnerving. In the main piece the movement is only disturbed by the presence of a dead fish making it more than just a pretty, unbelievable object. The detail is what really drags you in. Trails of fish excrement, loose leaves, stray fish and vivacious filters guide the eyes to other amazing details making you forget that you’re looking at paint and resin.
Each piece is unique and, like real animals, each fish has its own personality. And I have to admit, just looking at them just made me happy.
Along with these beautiful resin pieces, Fukahori included paintings and sketches in his showcase. Not having a spare £5,000 in my account, I opted for one of his sketches that will don my wall shortly.
This beautiful exhibition closes tonight so if you’re in the Shoreditch area before 7pm I urge you to visit. I personally can’t wait to see what he brings in the future.