Keng Lye’s works are known for their incredible hyperrealism. Using just paint and resin, he creates art pieces of aquatic creatures that seem almost alive, blurring the line between what’s real and not. When asked how he got started on this art form, Keng Lye shares that it was a friend who showed him a video of Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori painting. He then threw Keng Lye a challenge: to try and recreate the hyperrealistic resin art.
In the years since, Keng Lye has not only tried his hand at painting on layers of resin, he also constantly experiments with new ways to make his works ever more realistic and three-dimensional. Some pieces incorporate materials like eggshells and pebbles as part of the aquatic creatures, painted over and rising from the surface. He also fashions sculptures out of resin or gel, embedding them within the resin pool for pieces that look truly alive from all angles.