The Creation of Bo

Bo is a self-initiated art project by Kamwei. It is a goldfish character envisioned since 2003. It started with his childhood obsession: goldfish. Kamwei used to have a few fish tanks filled with colourful and adorable goldfish at home. He liked looking at them swimming and playing with one another everyday.

He sketched, coloured and painted all kinds of goldfish. Then one day, he began filling hundreds of papers with something that resembled a goldfish only in his imagination.

Minimalist in style, the baby-faced fish evokes feelings of calm and peace, just like how Kamwei feels when he looks at goldfish. Because he enjoys creating interesting contrasts, he decided to make his elegant-looking fish a little cheeky, too.

Giving his sculpture the affectionate name, Bo, Kamwei began to craft its character and world through posters, papercraft, collaborative work and ceramic sculptures. Through this project, the fish that God created, which Man genetically engineered to become a goldfish, now undergoes another evolution, to become ‘Bo’.

Photos shown here are old sketches, works by kamwei in the early year of creating Bo, in 2003.

kamwei’s goldfish at home. 2003-2006.
Inspiration to create Bo.

Red Cap Oranda goldfish.


Red Cap Oranda goldfish.


Red Cap Oranda goldfish.


Black Ranchu and Red White Lion Head goldfish.


Red White Lion Head goldfish.


Red White Ranchu.


Red White Ranchu.


Red White Ranchu.


Red White Ranchu.


Red White Ranchu and Lion Head goldfish.


Red White Ranchu.


Red White Ranchu.


Hand painted dish by kamwei at Noritake No Mori, for his host family during his stay in Japan in 2003.
— at Nagoya, Japan.

Goldfish sketches done in 2003.
— at Nagoya, Japan.

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