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ImageThese three dimensional hyperrealistic sculptures of sea creatures by Keng Lye are mind-blowing. The Singapore-based artist uses acrylics and epoxy resin to render these incredible works of art by first pouring resin into a receptacle, then meticulously painting a layer of acrylic over it, and adding another layer of resin, building up layer after layer until the forms emerge. Much like the process of how a 3-D printer functions, each slice reveals more about the animals he creates, creating this amazing illusion of structural depth.

So are they paintings or are they sculptures, one asks. I guess they could be classified as both. The technique was originally used by a Japanese artist named Riusuke Fukahori, who focuses his creative energies on three dimensional goldfish. In his series “Alive Without Breath”, Lye takes the process an extra step by having the creatures emerge from the surface, creating a greater sense of dynamic perspective. To achieve this, he adds physical pieces that he paints to match the layers below.

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. After applying acrylic paint straight onto the resin, I incorporated a 3-D element in this instance, it was a small pebble for the ranchu and octopus. For the turtle, I used an egg shell for the turtle shell and acrylic paint for the rest of the finishing. 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.”

To check out more of his work, visit his gallery.


Toronto-based artist Amanda McCavour creates beautiful and surreal creations using thread and a specific kind of fabric that dissolves in water. By sewing over the same lines over and over again, she builds up the thread so that it can hold the image together when the base is removed. Though the pieces look like they will fall apart, they are deceivingly structurally sound.

Bridging the gap between the fragility of thread and it’s inherent capability to create strength when sewing things together, Amanda’s works capture the essence of preservation of objects that are deteriorating in a delightfully illustrative way. Weaving through her creations, one feels like they are traveling through a living storybook. I’d love to have the chance to learn the process of how this is done – it looks like a lot of fun!

To see more of Amanda’s creativity, check out her website.


Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Lister and I share a common view – that the “heroes” that are presented through the media, that surround us at every step, are often misguided, and less glamorous than we perceive them to be. As someone who’s worked behind the scenes in television and film for many years, I know this one all too well and can relate to his ennui, but I do love how he interprets this world through his art.

With his art, Lister splashes this message anywhere he can – any way he can, using stickers, markers, and aerosol paint, drawing from his past experiences growing up in Brisbane, Australia, his travels around the world, and his life as a husband and father of two. His subject matter usually revolves around the pop culture icons that have populated his sphere – skateboarding, comic book superheroes, tattoos, television, graffiti, pop culture, advertising, jail birds, the internet and Aussie celebrity gangsters.

He’s also shown his work around the globe in exhibitions both in museums and on the streets, all over Australia, the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. He’s been featured on many art-related websites such as, and And something tells me this is just the beginning…

Check out more of his awesome work on his website.

Self-taught South Korean up-and-comer Minjae Lee is certainly someone worth looking out for in the near future – at only 19 years of age this artistic prodigy will soon find himself engulfed in enormous commercial success. His portraits are dramatically explosive and frought with tension and dramatic expression.

Working with basic art tools (such as markers, acrylics, pens, crayons, etc), he manages to juxtapose the beautiful, sensual and sublime with an aggressive dose of loud colour and detailed surrealism. Constantly evolving in his work, he evokes a visceral sense of eclectic darkness compounded with innocence and light. The way he portrays the female form is at once dreamlike and visually arresting. They draw us into their dangerous and exquisite beauty.

No doubt the commercial world will be clamoring at his doorstep soon enough!

Check out more on his website.

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