These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These are the paintings of masterful artist Keng Lye, who paints 3D objects using layer after layer of clear resin painted with acrylic. Kind of like a human 3D printer. The results are so realistic that anyone can believe there are real fish and octopi inside some of these plates and bowls.

This red octopus is his latest creation. He told My Modern Metropolis that he's planning to do two more layers on this one: "The diameter of the work is about 150mm and maybe about 2cm in depth. I found that the most challenging thing, so far, is creating depth, seeing as the container is fairly shallow, in order to achieve realism in the work."

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings

These fish are not real but incredible layered paintings