Alive Without Breath by Keng Lye

It is a piece of art but you might mistake it for a cruel dish or a misplaced pet if you’d find it on a dinner table. Keng Lye’s work merges sculpture with painting as he creates hyper-realistic  small scale under-water creatures.

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Keng Lye, Singapore based artist, creates these unbelievably realistic paintings by painting on epoxy resin layer over layer to create the 3D feel. He is heavily influenced by Japanese artists Ruisuke Fukahori, who founded the technique, yet Lye has taken it even further:

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‘I started my first series in 2012 where all the illustrations were “flat” and depth was created using the layering of resin and acrylic over the different parts of the illustration. This year, 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. 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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Keng Lye’s Alive Without Breath series really are amazing at its life like appearance. It would surely make a scandalous conversation piece at a dinner party. However, it would be quite an expensive one, ‘The problem with this kind of art is that it requires a great deal of time to complete, therefore they won’t come cheap.’

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