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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck (born 1958) is an Australian hyperrealist sculptor working in Great Britain.

Mueck's early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo.

Mueck moved on to establish his own company in London, making photo-realistic props and animatronics for the advertising industry. Although highly detailed, these props were usually designed to be photographed from one specific angle hiding the mess of construction seen from the other side. Mueck increasingly wanted to produce realistic sculptures which looked perfect from all angles.

In 1996 Mueck transitioned to fine art, collaborating with his mother-in-law, Paula Rego, to produce small figure as part of a tableau she was showing at the Hayward Gallery. Rego introduced him to Charles Saatchi who was immediately impressed and started to collect and commission work. This led to the piece which made Mueck's name, Dead Dad, being included in the Sensation show at the Royal Academy the following year. Dead Dad is a rather haunting silicone and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck's father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale. It is the only work of Mueck's that uses his own hair for the finished product.

Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five metre high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.

via Wikipedia


Now that you have heard something about him check out some of his pieces of work


Two Women Grim
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In Bed
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Spooning Couple
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Boy
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Wild Man
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Probably one of his most famous pieces entitled Pregnant Woman
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And this one is my personal favorite Mask II which is his self portrait
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External Links
-Ron Mueck Wikipedia
-Slideshow from Washington Post
-Ron Mueck installation: More pictures

2 comments:

Walter Stonewall said...

pretty amazing stuff

Jessie said...

My friend and I just created a mini website to post Ron Mueck's exhibit schedule and help others find out where they can see his work live. Links and leads are appreciated. Thanks.