Sculptors of Ron Mueck
Ron Mueck is an Australian hyper-realist 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.
Ron Mueck The Artist
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.
Mueck's sculptures faithfully reproduce the minute detail of the human body, but play with scale to produce disconcertingly jarring visual images. His five meter high sculpture Boy 1999 was a feature in the Millennium Dome and later exhibited in the Venice Biennale.
Mueck concluded that photography pretty much destroys the physical “presence” of the original object, and so he turned to fine art and sculpture. In the early 1990s, still in his advertising days, Mueck was commissioned to make something highly realistic, and was wondering what material would do the trick.
Latex was the usual, but he wanted something harder, more precise. Luckily, he saw a little architectural decor on the wall of a boutique and inquired as to the nice, pink stuff’s nature. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since.
Pregnant woman is Mueck’s most ambitious work to date. The sculpture is monumental (2.5m high), utterly imposing and even intimidating when first experienced by the viewer. After a while, however, this majestic Earth Mother becomes familiar, unthreatening and endearing. She is exhausted, hands held back over her head; the face is tender and vulnerable. Her presence is a powerful one indeed, and she evokes a multitude of thoughts, ranging from the wonder of maternity and procreation to population control and the burden of female responsibility.
Over three months Mueck worked with a single female model, beginning when she was already six months pregnant. He also used photographs — and, without doubt, there are also art historical precedents behind the sculpture as the artist absorbed the wonderful European Old Master collection in London. He made the figure in fibreglass but, because fibreglass is so hard, made a separate face in silicone, so that eyebrows and hair could be punched in with greater ease but no less perseverance. Tiny needles were used to punch in human hairs one by one in tedious repetition.
In the three years since his participation in Sensation: Works from the Saatchi Collection, Mueck has posted shows at major galleries in New York, Germany, not to mention selection for the London Millennium Dome and now his work is the subject of a solo exhibition at that city’s highest profile contemporary art space, Anthony d’Offay gallery.
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Ron Mueck takes his place in the tradition of those who have tried to make objects which are very real. Terms such as Super-Real and Hyper-Real have been used to describe those artists who have attempted extreme verisimilitude. Ron Mueck seeks to achieve perfection, the precise demonstration of reality as he finds it.
Mueck’s work is always out of scale from reality. His figures are either oversized or undersized. They strive for super-realism, but there is a psychological confrontation between these two contradictory realities, the effort to deceive by perfection, and the obvious discrepancy of scale. Ron Mueck’s work is sculpture. He does not make models, giant or tiny puppets. He employs all the techniques of technological advance to create works of art.
Dead dad was a hyper-realistic sculpture of Mueck’s dead father, naked, lying on the floor, so that you could easily trip over him, especially because he was only three feet long. This extraordinary work had huge emotional power, and many visitors remembered it well. Mueck makes work very slowly, taking on average four weeks for each work, although Pregnant woman took much longer, being his most ambitious work to date. By 2002, when Pregnant woman was made, he had created only 30 sculptures in total.
Mueck works with a particular type of super-realism that has a long history. He invites people to take a close-up look at his work, to inspect the hairs, freckles and blemishes, to scrutinize the carefully modelled expression and contemplate the difference between artist-made reality and the world in which we live.
"I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting. We meet life-size people every day.'" Says Mueck
'There's no denying that I have more information readily at hand when I have a live model. Even when I have had a model, however, what I have to do in the end is to consciously abandon the model and go for what feels right.'
The artist's work has been applauded by some critics as 'the best thing to happen to figurative sculpture in ... generations'. (Peter Plagens in Newsweek), but others have dismissed him as a mere 'model maker'. What do you think?
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Samantha Taylor on September 24, 2014:
I fancy seeing Ron Mueck's work for real.
Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 11, 2014:
carlarmes from Bournemouth, England on July 06, 2012:
I typed wow on its own and it said comment too short , so.
WOW and WOW as well.
bharmoriat from CHANDIGARH INDIA on April 21, 2012:
awesome work i love his work...
Beverly on March 11, 2012:
Saw Ron's work at the Brooklyn Museum in NY about 4-5 years ago and have never forgotten it. Where and when will he be exhibiting again??????
nicacy on February 22, 2012:
yea he is freakin awesome.
suhail.thai on February 18, 2012:
WOW!!! ,SPEACHLESS ...Ron Meuck's the bessssst
artfreakkkk on December 27, 2011:
interesting sculptures. honorable... distributes a specialness most sculptures do not have
Jess on December 05, 2011:
One word... Amazing.
player on November 08, 2011:
fantastic fiber glass art
whoisbid on October 26, 2011:
Your pictures are awesome
miller on October 17, 2011:
which one is in the north carolina musuem of art
Beatrious on October 14, 2011:
Such magnificent art I must say. The sculptures are absolutely breathtaking as to the realism expressed in facial expression and stance. Wow!
Anne on October 11, 2011:
The work is not only true to life but each piece seems to have a soul. I felt such sympathy for the bearded man being stared at by all those "wee" people. Please come back to Edinburgh again. Thank You
cece on September 21, 2011:
it is such a genius to make a sculpture that looks so real human life
Pam on September 13, 2011:
His works just have that WOW factor.
lazybe on September 06, 2011:
What is there besides the scale You ask??? Everything! If you have the chance to actually see the exhibition is awesome the details in every single piece ( I saw it in monterrey, mexico in july 2011)
kakal on August 26, 2011:
ho !!! Ron Mueck The Artist
sofie on July 03, 2011:
Awesome sculptor yes...
his idea of aesthetics .... very bad unfortunately
Think Afrodite of Mylos, Samothraki, Hermes of Praxitelous
michelle on April 16, 2011:
Incredible , I,m amazed at his talent
urshiesGirl4eva on March 23, 2011:
im learning about Ron Mueck in art. He is a very inspiring artist, where he wants to shock people and amaze them. These sculptures are just amazing and so life like, the inspiration of many old sculptures made new.
Angela Radogna on January 20, 2011:
Extrodinary. Where can I see his work?
Rissa on January 20, 2011:
he is so amazing! really helpful for my art GCSE too!
Carmel on January 19, 2011:
REALLY REALLY REALLY AMAZING!!! THE RESURRECTION OF MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI WITH RON MUECK!!! THIS ART OF WONDER THIS IS ART OF MIRACLE!!!
Paul on January 19, 2011:
Kevin wondered in an older post if circumcision was illegal in the UK, as none of the sculptors being circumcised was a detration for him.
On the contrary these (male) exhibits are an excellent way for American males to start to become aware of what they have "lost" ..... and they have lost a LOT!
Please see www.nocirc.org for more info.
Anna on January 17, 2011:
I will never see people quite the same. Thank you
Roger Alder on January 11, 2011:
inspirational i'd love to create like you when are you coming to england
Denise Shoults on January 06, 2011:
I am in utter amazement at the accuracy of the replication of the human body as scultped! Not only do these sculptures give the viewer time to "take in" the wonderment of the human form in all walks of life, it slows time to a standstill to appreciate the human emotion and condition. I stare....
sandra on December 30, 2010:
Just saw the large newborn and the very old small woman curled under a blanket in Regina Saskatchewan. I wept. The baby is the centre of the universe both to itself and to us, the parents, while the old sleeping and likely dying woman is a pale butterfly, so beautiful, so fragile and about to become something else. Thank you so much!
Raena on December 12, 2010:
I live in Washington, DC and have seen Big Man in person. It's incredible. I'd love to see other work from him in person. Amazing.
John Blackburn on November 24, 2010:
My friend and colleague Malcolm saw your exhibit in New Zealand - we viewed his photos at lunch the other day. Incredible and AWESOME, to say the least. A great artist! You rock! And yes, when are you coming to the USA? If you need exhibit space in San Francisco, give a holler. People here would welcome and appreciate the chance to experience your works of art!!!
Soran mam on November 22, 2010:
Really you are artist, your sense is appear over all your art works
firstname.lastname@example.org on November 22, 2010:
amazing n wonderful1!!!,thank you. for sharing with us..very realistic!.
belladonna on November 17, 2010:
are you going to exhibit in the USA????
beth on November 10, 2010:
hii...i am a student who is writing an essay o ron muecks work...it is a 4000 word essay and its kind of hard to write sooo many words....any one with suggestions on any websites,books etc that i can look up??? oh and obvously i loveee his work hence the 4000 words
amitis mesgara on October 20, 2010:
your sculptures are alive.BRAVO.
whatsherface on October 17, 2010:
so life-like it's just amazing. It blows me away!
Amber on October 17, 2010:
Such talent - I see that he has a exhibition in Christchurch New Zealand and am seriously considering travelling all the way to see it.... beautiful work
Nicole on October 08, 2010:
Its awesome. I have never seen anything like it. He is so talented. I wish I could go and see his exhibition.
Gilly on September 26, 2010:
Colly on September 22, 2010:
Looking forward to seeing Rons exhibition at the Christchurch Art Gallery N.Z commencing Oct. 2010
Robyn on September 16, 2010:
mesmerising. fantastic. genious
Googs on September 04, 2010:
This is what Leonardo would have offered the world - if he had these modern techniques and media. Genius!
Siz on August 26, 2010:
m speechless...it look real..
ike ham on August 25, 2010:
wow this guy is real gud think i like him. keep on the gud work ron
amy from the states on August 12, 2010:
id love to see his work in person he is truely amazing. any chance hed bring to the states
Hilda de Vroom on August 06, 2010:
Absolutely unbelievable! He is a phenomenon.
Dineo on August 05, 2010:
This is so amzing I want him to do my sculpture
Mpumi Sibitane on August 03, 2010:
Amaizing, i thought all of this was real.
Nina on August 02, 2010:
I wish I could see some of his work in person -- this is amazing, wonderful art, and very moving. I think that we, as a culture, have forgotten what reality actually looks like. Thank you for sharing it with us!
Pat on July 28, 2010:
I was recently lucky enough to visit a Ron Mueck exhibition. It was absolutely amazing. The scale and detail in the peices are wonderful. You could study these for hours.
Charlotte on July 27, 2010:
I LOVE ALL OF THEM
THAY ARE ALL AWSOME
Cheryl Cartwright on July 26, 2010:
I saw the exhibition in Brisbane, Queensland yesterday - fascinating. I wanted to find a decent page to post on FB so this was it - thanks!
helena on July 24, 2010:
Just discovered Ron's work in Liverpools Tate. His sculpture 'Ghost' just blew me away. Like a dream that lingers this startlng image is both provocative and intimately sensitive. Ron captures the essence of humanity in all its light and shade. What a privledge to have see his work
Noelle on July 23, 2010:
Amazing detail - would like to see exhibition sometime.
Barry in Houston on July 20, 2010:
The realism in Ron's scupture is amazing! What is the difference between a model and sculpture, anyway? Don't both depict life in the eyes of the creator? Are we not all models as the Bible says, created in the image and likeness of the greatest model maker of all; God?
Denis Willians on July 13, 2010:
RON SHOULD LIVE AT LEAST 300 YEARS!!
Estelle Strous on July 08, 2010:
They took my breath away. Just when I thought I'd seen it all! Where are they on exhibit?
Chris on July 03, 2010:
This guy creates things that most definitely cause a reaction in the mind of the viewer. Is this not then art? The people who claim he is a "mere" model maker are probably "critics" with no actual ability to create art themselves. Maybe it's time we banned "ART" schools and only allowed the folk who come with real natural talent built in to create art for other people instead of belittling it by calling it craft. This would be better than putting self appointed, supposed academics on pedestals and allowing them to befuddle us as they blather on, spouting the intellectual nonsense that has "artists" creating so much mundane, boring and stupid junk. But there again, that stuff is for the rich anyway. People with lots of money who need to be told what they should spend it on because they are emotionally empty and couldn't react to a real piece of art if their small but expensive lives depended on it.
Karess on June 29, 2010:
I am absolutely blown away with his talent. I am a huge art lover. If there is anything else like this u guys, please let me know. Ron is the best.
chubbychixkel on June 24, 2010:
Thanks to you for being an incredible accessory in our ever-expanding universe. Truly touching,riveting,& awe inspiring...your talent & unreasonable dedication to risk has not gone unnoticed.Congratulations on your extraordinary life.
bigcol on June 19, 2010:
ron, saw acollction of your work in brisbane at the gallery of modern art GOMA. with my 11yr old daughter and we were both gobsmacked.. you must feel very fulfilled when you see your complete work. thanks
PJ Hornberger on June 14, 2010:
Just once I want to see the black woman's head hanging. She's beautiful. I love his work...
Shelley Colless 1 day ago on June 13, 2010:
I was totally mind blown over these sculptures.So totally amazing, would have loved to have seen more.
Margaret Crossland on June 13, 2010:
just seen some of Ron Mueck's work and was absolutely blown away by it. The attention to detail is incredible and the impact astounding. Will be watching his future with interets.
Dmsinghvi on June 10, 2010:
Amazing art !!!
jactina on June 10, 2010:
some of them are a bit rude but i like the heads , i am doing the big guy for a art assingment
Mermandy on June 06, 2010:
What an innovative artist who captures our imaginations and makes us look outside the box. Ron and his art creations make us think,wonder and grow from the experience.........THANXS for the beauty and conceptions you bring to us through your work!
Kayla on June 03, 2010:
Ron, your Artwork is amazing and so reaistic and really inspirational.
nooma beth on June 01, 2010: