18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

By Attila Nagy on at

We've seen scads of hyperrealistic paintings that trick our minds — but what about brain-befuddling sculptures? Meet Australian hyperrealist sculptor, Ronald "Ron" Mueck, who uses silicone and mixed media to create shockingly lifelike figures.

The colours and proportions are nearly perfect on every piece — but what makes them so uncanny is their massive scale. For example, Mueck's sculptures include a newborn child that takes up an entire room, and an old man the size of a cavernous gallery.

Though Mueck has been on the scene for almost two decades, he's still creating new work. The artist's three brand-new creations, produced especially for the Fondation Cartier, are on exhibition in Paris until September 29, 2013. It's not to be missed, if you happen to be in France. In the meantime, check out a handful of past work Mueck's work below.

 

Woman With Shopping Bags, 2013.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Francois Mori/AP


 

Couple Under an Umbrella, 2013.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Francois Mori/AP


 

Young Couple, 2013.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Francois Mori/AP


 

Youth, 2009.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


 

Drift, 2009.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


 

Still Life, 2009.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Raoul Wega/Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


 

Woman With Sticks, 2008.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


 

A Girl, 2006.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


 

Spooning Couple, 2005.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


 

Two Women, 2005.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


 

In Bed, 2005

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


 

Mother and Child, 2002.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


 

Mask II, 2001-2002.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


 

Untitled (Big Man), 2000.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Francois Mori/AP


 

Boy, 2000.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Polfoto, Morten Overgaard/AP


 

Dead Dad, 1996-1997.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


 

Big Baby, 1996.

18 Sculptures So Lifelike You'll Swear They're Real

Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images


Top photo: Gautier Deblonde/Fondation Cartier