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Ron Mueck (1958 - )
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Ron Mueck (born 1958) is an Australian hyper-realist sculptor working in 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 lead 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 latex and mixed media sculpture of the corpse of Mueck's father reduced to about two thirds of its natural scale.
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. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Mueck [Mar 2005]
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