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Animals Suspended in Animation with Paint and Resin

by Allison Meier on June 7, 2013

Keng Lye, "Alive Without Breath," acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, “Alive Without Breath,” acrylic on resin (all images courtesy the artist)

Using just acrylic paint and resin, Singaporean artist Keng Lye shapes three dimensional depictions of animals that seem suddenly frozen in time. In bowls, buckets, and boxes, he painstakingly creates layer after layer of color and the hard resin, similar to Riusuke Fukahori with his cascades of goldfish, or Dustin Yellin with his anatomical models. However, Lye’s details with the scattering of leaves on a water’s surface and the splayed tail of a goldfish give them an allure that’s their own, and appear as both paintings and animals that are “Alive Without Breath,” as he titles the series.

Some of them even appear to be emerging from the static “water,” such as a turtle’s shell surfacing or the head of an octopus whose tentacles coil delicately around. Lye actually incorporates eggshells to get this effect, heightening the already existing hyperrealism. He started creating these pieces in 2012, and is continuing to experiment, so check out his Facebook and deviantArt page to keep an eye on what new creatures he paints into this beautiful cryonic state.

Keng Lye, "Alive Without Breath," acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, “Alive Without Breath,” acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, "Alive Without Breath," acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, “Alive Without Breath,” acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, "Alive Without Breath," acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, “Alive Without Breath,” acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, "Alive Without Breath," acrylic on resin

Keng Lye, “Alive Without Breath,” acrylic on resin

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