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The absurdly beautiful 3D art of Keng Lye

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 23, 2015 09:00 AM
Due to its painstaking process, few artists work with layered resin to create life-like three-dimensional art. Fewer still are regarded as masters of this unique media - a media that is naturally suited for aquatic subjects. Keng Lye is a master.
The absurdly beautiful 3D art of Keng Lye

All artwork and photos by Keng Lye

With all due respect to renowned Japanese master Riusuke Fukahori, Keng Lye (Singapore) challenges Fukahori for the title of world's most skillful layered-resin artist.  We include a sampling of his incredible artwork.  More photos can be found on Lye's Facebook and Instagram pages.

Lye meticulously paints and carves layer after layer of clear resin to slowly build up incredibly realistic textures and colors in three-dimensional space.  Lye's attention to detail borders on obscene.  The hyper-realistic features on his fish scales are enough to make a grown man cry.  And just look at the intricate glass shrimps below.  For crying out loud ... he even adds floating shrimp poop into his artwork!

Protip: You'll have to keep reminding yourself these aren't real.













Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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