Hyperrealist sculptor Ron Mueck is one gifted fellow, who’s currently working in Great Britain. Early on in his career Mueck started making models and worked as a puppeteer for a childrens television show called Shirl’s Neighbourhood and later worked on the film “Labyrinth” for which he played the voice of Ludo.
He went on to establish his own company in London, creating animatronic and ultra realistic props for the advertising industry. To much of Muecks frustration, these realistic props we’re only needed in one angel, so most of the “sculpture” was not completed. He wanted to move on to bigger things, which meant creating photo-realistic sculptures which looked perfect on every angle.
He did just this, reflecting the human form quite flawlessly by detailing the most minute features, even though he played with the scales of the bodies which produced some sensational visual images-as you can see. His first five meter sculpture, Boy (1999) was featured in Millennium Dome and then later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.
After awhile, Mueck grew tired of using Latex as his medium of choice so he ventured to find a new type of material and luckily he did when he saw a small archtectural decor hanging on the wall of some nameless boutique. It was fiberglass resin, which has become from that day forth his bronze and marble.
The most ambitious work to date would have to be Muecks Pregnant Woman, a 2.5 meter high sculpture that incarnates the exhausting 9 month process of child birth. Some viewers feel intimidated when first seeing this gigantic model of our own “mothers” but after awhile this “majestic Earth Mother becomes familiar, unthreatening and endearing.” Mueck labored tirelessly for 3 months to complete this work, mimicking a single female model begining when she was six months pregnant. Most of her form was made from his prized fiberglass but the face, however, is made with silicone so that the eyebrows and hair could be punched in with greater ease. Miniscule needles were involved to painstakingly punch in the human hairs in dull repetition.
His many works have been exhibited in major galleries in New York, Germany and not to mention the selection for London’s Millenium Dome which has now moved on to become the subject of a solo exhibition in the cities highest profield contemporary space: The Anthony d’Offay gallery. If you enjoy viewing his amazingly out of scale (oversized or undersized) versions of us, then check out this site for more info!