Three-Dimensional Resin Paintings by Keng Lye

Singapore-based artist Keng Lye creates these incredibly realistic painting in layers of epoxy resin and acrylic paint for his series, "Alive Without Breath".

The time-consuming process is done layer by layer – first pouring the resin into a bowl, then painting the detailed creatures on top of it using acrylic, then adding another layer of resin, another layer of acrylic and so on. Each piece consists of several layers.

The process is originated by Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori (we have covered in our previous post here).

But Keng Lye goes a step further by incorporating physical elements into his art pieces to make them look even more real.

"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."

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