Riusuke Fukahori is known best for his resin-based studies of Japanese goldfish.
Riusuke Fukahori does it so realistically you never imagine that this is just his 3D art form of goldfish, captured as if time stood still.
Fukahori alternates between pouring resin into a vessel and painting goldfish with acrylic paint, giving the resulting work a three-dimensional optical effect.
Most of his works are contained in conventional household items, such as cups and bowls.
The artist was initially attracted to his goldfish because he admired them and viewed their domestication as a metaphor for the stifling conditions of modern life.
Though he infamously keeps dozens of fish around his studio for observation, Fukahori prefers to execute his works from his impressions and memories, and depicts both existing species of fish and invented hybrids.
As Fukahori states, “I didn’t invent resin and not the first to use resin. I am not a resin artist. I am a goldfish artist.”
And as one can see, Riusuke Fukahori does so in exquisite beauty and detail.
An image seen on a hundred different walls, on placemats, screensavers, postcards.
And yet the incredible history of the artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is a magical tale of its own.
Hokusai was born on the 23rd day of 9th month of the 10th year of the Hōreki period (October or November 1760) to an artisan family, in the Katsushika district of Edo, Japan.
Hokusai was a Japanese master artist and printmaker of ukkiyo-e, a style of wood block prints and paintings.
Hokusai is best-known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (c. 1831) which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s (first image above).
Hokusai was known by a dozen different names through his lifetime, most likely reflecting the different artistic manifestations he went through.
It is this restlessness, this thirst for life and art, that inspired countless other artesians on this continent and others.
And it is this quiet beauty that has withstood the winds of time.