“Goldfish Salvation” Riusuke Fukahori

Exhibition: 1 December 2011 – 11 January 2012 (Gallery closed between 23 Dec – 3 Jan)
Opening Party: 1 December from 19:00 (Private View: 30 November from 19:00)
Live painting by Riusuke Fukahori: 3 December 14:00 – 15:00
Workshop “Time for Tea”: 3 December 15:00 – 16:00

Artist Riusuke Fukahori’s London debut exhibition “Goldfish Salvation” transforms ICN gallery into the world of goldfish. When struggling with artistic vision, Fukahori’s pet goldfish became his inspiration and ever since his passion and lifelong theme. His unique style of painting uses acrylic on clear resin which is poured into containers, resulting in a three-dimensional appearance and lifelike vitality.

Over the years the goldfish breeding business has reached an extreme, perfecting goldfish in a variety of colours and shapes, they are admired as beautiful objects like ‘living sculptures’. Fukahori’s brush strokes capturing the liveliness, delicacy and dynamics of the goldfish and his sculpture works create an illusion by using resin to captive the painted surfaces creating a truly ‘living sculpture’.

This exhibition features twenty new painting works by this leading Japanese contemporary artist.

Riusuke FUKAHORI (b.1973; Aichi, Japan)

1995 graduate of Aichi Prefectual University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2000 he was inspired by a goldfish he owned for over 7 years and it has become the theme of his artworks ever since. Exhibition: “Contemporary craft fair” (Tokyo), The SOLO project (Basel, Switzerland) 2011, “art KARLSRUHE 2010” (Germany) 2010, Solo exhibition “Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne” (Munich, Germany) 2009, SHANGHAI ART FAIR 2008″ (Shanghai) 2008

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