Artist brings animals to life with 3D paintings

Image courtesy of Keng Lye

An artist has created stunning optical illusions which may look like fish upon first glance, but in fact are 3D works of art.

Keng Lye, from Singapore, has created photo realistic three-dimensional paintings purely from layers of paint and resin.

There’s a box which seems to be filled with lively, vibrant goldfish, a tiny terrapin swimming merrily in a bowl and there’s a tiny Octopus served up on a plate.

Keng uses buckets, drawers, bowls or plates filled with clear resin for his series of sculptures called Alive Without Breath.

He undergoes a painstaking process to create each masterpiece, layering more and more details to bring life to each animal.

The talented artist started his first series in 2012, gradually improving his technique to create works which protrude from the surface of the resin.

He said: “I started on the octopus and it was purely an experiment; I just wanted to see whether I could push this technique to a higher level.”

After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, he incorporates a 3-D element, often adding tiny objects like a small pebble or turtle shell.

He added: “The whole idea here was to give the art work an even more 3D effect therefore you can have a better view from any angle. I think there are still many other techniques to explore.”

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Georgina is a member of the Swell UK marketing team and has been keeping tropical fish for a number of years now. Her favourite fish being the stunning, male Siamese Fighting Fish. She is also looking to expand her existing collection to include keeping saltwater fish as well. Her other pets include Bengal cat, Walter, and Labrador and Rottweiler cross, Presley.

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