ICN gallery proudly presents Goldfish Salvation by artist Riusuke Fukahori from 1 Dec 2011 -11 Jan 2012. His debut exhibition in London transforms ICN gallery into the world of goldfish,the artist's life long theme. Ten years ago when Fukahori faced a struggle with his artistic vision,an inspiration came to him from painting his pet goldfish. Ever since his passion has developedinto an unique style of painting; using acrylic painted on clear resin poured into containers,resulting in a three-dimensional appearance with a feeling of lifelike vitality. This rare exhibitioncomprises of twenty new painting works by one of Japan's leading contemporary artists.
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'Kingyo Sukui' normally means 'Goldfish scooping' in Japanese, but the artist uses a homonymChinese letter to create an unique expression, which can be translated as 'Goldfish Salvation'.When distressed with his career as an artist Fukahori noticed the fish tank beside his bed whichhoused a goldfish he had for years. He looked down into the fish tank which he abandonedcleaning and was given a breathtaking shiver. In the dirty water the goldfish's shiny redsilhouette moved mysteriously and was extremely beautiful. Thinking to himself "I'm sure shewill save me", he took out his red paint and painted her figure, a moment later there was a largeshoal of goldfish in front of him. This was the day he calls 'Kingyo sukui', the day he was savedby the goldfish.
"I will keep searching for the motivation for my activities as an artist and my identity throughgoldfish. While salvaged and suffered by goldfish, I will live with goldfish and stare at myselffurther." - Riusuke FukahoriOver the years the goldfish breeding business has reached an extreme, perfecting goldfish in avariety 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 hissculpture works create an illusion by using resin to captive the painted surfaces creating a truly'living sculpture'.A live painting performance by Riusuke Fukahori will be held on 3 December 14:00 - 15:00.
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