Hyperrealism is a genre of painting and sculpture resembling a high-resolution photograph. Hyperrealism is considered an advancement of Photorealism by the methods used to create the resulting paintings or sculptures. The term is primarily applied to an independent art movement and art style in the United States and Europe that has developed since the early 1970s.
London-based Australian artist Ron Mueck produces unbelievably realistic sculptures with expressive facial features that complement their equally detailed human figures. The hyperrealist sculptor’s work is world renowned for its extraordinarily lifelike quality coupled with his affinity for playing with scale. The artist alters the typical size ratio of his characters in relation to the rest of the world, allowing them to either fill an entire room with their hunched over bodies or comfortably slumber on a countertop.
Today Ron Mueck has unveiled his largest installation ever with Mass, a collection of 100 monumental hand-cast skulls. Commissioned specially for the National Gallery of Victoria’s International Triennial, the imposing and ominous skulls pour through the galleries, each skull artfully placed into a tumbling mass.
Mueck, known for his hyperrealistic sculptures, forgoes his typically obsessive detail in bringing to life his hyperrealistic sculpture by focusing on what remains long after our bodies have decayed. “Mass intrudes into the 18th Century Galleries like a glacier inching across a landscape, crowding out the powdered, bewigged lords and ladies, a reminder of all our fates,” the artist shares.
And with this, the contemporary sculptor plays off memento mori, the medieval Christian theory and contemplation of mortality that has long fascinated artists, from 17th-century sculptors like Bernini to painters like Picasso. The impressive scale and size of the sculptures dwarf visitors—each skull measures about 5 feet in height and the installation weighs a total of 5.5 tons. Engulfed in the sea of skulls, it’s impossible to avoid the contradiction between the beauty of their form and the intensity of their significance. And every detailed in his skulls done and finishing by his bare hand, so we can get various skulls with magnificent detailing.