Hyper-Realistic sculpture artist, Ron Mueck

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Hyper-Realistic sculpture artist, Ron Mueck’s latest instillation is no “Big day at the beach”. Or is it?

Ron Mueck is “THE” trailblazer in the hyper-realistic sculpture world.

He has set the bar high, and opened up a previously unexplored realm in it’s scope and execution in the sculpture world. Many others would follow in his footsteps, but he was at the forefront, and still continues to blaze a trail both far and wide.

Ron started out in the entertainment industry. Now a successful hyper-realist sculptor based in London, Mueck creates works of art based on human form, chiefly out of silicone or polyester casts.

Mueck’s own attitude towards his sculpting work was revealed in an interview in 2002: “I don’t know why I’m doing it but I don’t know what else I’d be doing. I’m not driven by art, it’s just all I can do”

Last month Mueck unveiled three new works at the Fondation Cartier

in Paris as part of an exhibition that runs through September 29th, including the extraordinary Couple Under an Umbrella shown below.

 

What do you think of this type of Sculpture?

mueck-6Ron Mueck’s Studio, January 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde

Mueck_21Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_24Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_25Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_26Ron Mueck’s Studio, January 2013. Photo by Gautier Deblonde

Mueck_27Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_28Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_29Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

Mueck_30Photo by Thomas Salva courtesy Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain

All images above courtesy Fondation Cartier.

 

You can watch the video to get a little more perspective on just how large this artwork really is.

 

Like many other hyperrealist sculptors Mueck began his sculpting career in the entertainment industry where he started work as a puppeteer, creating models and puppets for children’s movies and TV shows. Most notably he worked on Jim Henson’s film Labyrinth and even provided the voice for the character Ludo. In 1996 he made the switch to fine art and quickly rose to prominence with exhibitions at the Royal Academy and the National Gallery in London.

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1958, Ron Mueck spent over twenty years of his life as a professional puppet builder and performer. The son of toymakers, Mueck worked on a children’s television show, Shirl’s Neighborhood, performing various animal characters. He was recruited by Dave Goelz while filming international segments of Fraggle Rock. Moving to London around 1982, he worked on several Henson productions, most notably providing the puppetry and voice of Ludo in Labyrinth. Mueck also worked at the NY Muppet Workshop with the Muppet design team.

COURTESY OF MUPPETT WIKI

The following photographs were taken in Ron Mueck’s London studio for his exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

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