Thursday, January 11, 2007


I think that my post about Street Art enjoyed many visitors. There are much more amazing and creative artists I saw on Wooster Collective, but just today I would like to share with all of you, four artists, three of them suggested by friends. Nancy Bea which has a web site of her paintings and also has a blog , named GenreCookShop, mention on her commentary, the sculptor Duane Hanson. Naomi, from Here In The Hills, made a mention to the sculptor George Segal. Pam in Tucson, from Tortoise Trail, mention the realistic sculptures by J. Seward Johnson . I also have constantly seen in the Internet the sculptures of the artist Ron Mueck. His sculptures are so amazing and so provoking that I thought you all might enjoy looking at his work as much as I do. (Click on photos to see the details). Last but not least, Fran aka Redondowriter, from Sacred Ordinary, mention the big project called Art in Public Places, in Downtown Los Angeles. But the last suggestion would be for a next time! Thank you all very much!

"In Bed", 2005 (Ron Mueck)

"Mask II" (Ron Mueck)

"Wild Men" (Ron Mueck)

"Two Women", 2005 (Ron Mueck)

"Boy", Bienal de Veneza 2001 (Ron Mueck)

"Ron Mueck, (1958- ) is a London-based photo-realist artist. Born in Melbourne, Australia, to parents who were toy makers. He started out as a puppet maker for Australian children's TV, and settled in London (via the United States) working for Jim Henson on Sesame Street and The Muppets and supervising the special effects for two feature films: Dreamchild (1985) and Labyrinth (1986) a fantasy epic starring David Bowie. Mueck then started his own company in London, making models to be photographed for advertisements. 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. Fiberglass resin was the answer, and Mueck has made it his bronze and marble ever since." "Ron Mueck’s work became world-famous when a poignant sculpture of his dead father’s small, naked body caused shockwaves in the Royal Academy’s Sensation exhibition in 1997. The attention to detail and sheer technical brilliance of his figures are incredible, but it is Mueck’s use of scale that takes your breath away. He still lives and works in London."

On Flickr you can see 287 amazing Mueck's photos all sized and on Washington Post you can see photos, too.

"Traveller" (Duane Hanson)

"Young Shopper" (Duane Hanson)

"Queenie II" (Duane Hanson)

"Tourist II" (Duane Hanson)

"Duane Hanson (January 17, 1925 - January 6, 1996) was an American post-modern sculptor known for his life-sized photorealistic works of humans, cast in various materials, including polyester resin, fiberglass, even Bondo®. Later works, starting in the mid-1980s, were cast in bronze. Most of his sculptures are direct three-dimensional casts of his models, a technique known as life casting. The surface of the cast is carefully painted in skin tones; he adds clothing, jewelry, and other props, lending to a trompe l'oeil or almost hyper-realistic effect. Duane Hanson’s sculptures of people are just too believable."

"Abraham and Isaac" (George Segal)

"The Holocaust" (George Segal)

The George Segal Monument sits in Legion of Honor Park in San Francisco overlooking a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean

"The Dancers" (George Segal)

"Gay Liberation" (George Segal)

"George Segal (November 26, 1924 - June 9, 2000) was an American painter and sculptor associated with the Pop Art movement. Although Segal started his art career as a painter, his best known works are cast life size figures and the tableaux the figures inhabited. In place of traditional casting techniques, Segal pioneered the use of plaster bandages (plaster-impregnated gauze strips designed for making orthopedic casts) as a sculptural medium. Initially, Segal kept the sculptures stark white, but a few years later he began painting them (usually in bright monochrome). Eventually he started having the final forms cast in bronze, sometimes patinated white to resemble the original plaster. Segal's figures had minimal color and detail, which gave them a ghostly, melancholic appearance. In larger works, one or more figures were placed in anonymous, typically urban environments such as a street corner, bus, or diner. In contrast to the figures, the environments were built using found objects."

"Lunch Break" (J. Seward Johnson)

"Making a Point" (J. Seward Johnson)

"Taxi" (J. Seward Johnson)

John Seward Johnson II (born 1930), "also known as J. Seward Johnson, Jr. and Seward Johnson is an American sculptor known for his trompe l'oeil bronze painted sculptures. While early in his life, his artistic life focused on painting, he turned his talents to sculpture in 1968. Johnson is most well known for his life-size cast bronze statues of people of all ages engaged in day-to-day activities such as a father teaching his child to ride a bike, a woman sunbathing, and two people on a park bench. "

"Painter with Dog" (J. Seward Johnson)

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  1. Sonia! Amazing!!! Verdadeiras obras de arte, você realmente fez um ótimo trabalho capturando estas imagens. Um beijo e bom final de semana!

  2. Sonia! Amazing!!! Verdadeiras obras de arte. Você fez um ótimo trabalho capturando estas imagens! Beijos e ótimo final de semana!

  3. You are on a roll...those are
    breathtaking...amazing..and eerie- all at the same time!

  4. I am in awe of this marvelous sculptures. Thanks for sharing them with us Sonia!

  5. These are wonderful, Sonia. I am more familiar with Seward Johnson, but the others are excellent and make you think!

  6. Que coisa impressionante, Sonia. Um pouquinho bizarro, mas incrivelmente perfeito! beijaoo,

  7. Wow! Obrigado. Isto é assim interessante!

  8. I particularly like the george segal ones!

  9. Sonia, muito bom, cada vez melhor seu trabalho de GARIMPAGEM, e POSTAGEM, do melhor que anda por aí, em matéria de ESCULTURA contemporânea!BRAVO. Adorei!

  10. Gday Sonia
    Thank you for your visit to my blog.
    my family are still on holidays with me were having a great time.

    Very interesting Sculptures ill be back to visit soon take care

  11. I feel like I've been to an art exhibition although I haven't moved from my house today. Thank you, Sonia!

  12. WONDERFUL post, Sonia...It is just such a treat to be introduced to Artists I am unfamiliar with...I have to come back and poke around those links some more!
    Beautiful job, my dear...Thanks So Much!

  13. Those first ones looked just like real people! Amazing! Thank you for that tour.

  14. Hi Sonia,

    Thanks for commenting at because I have lost my addresses and bookmarks at the moment. I have linked from my webpage to yours and hope some of my readers will visit and enjoy your photos as much as I do.


  15. The art by Ron Mueck is unreal. Love it. Thanks for that prespective. I haven't ever seen anyting quite like it.

  16. Sonia, ontem comentei longamente. FOI VETADO O COMENTARIO?? ou vc não recebeu?

  17. Wow, this is so amazing Sonia!! Incredible what people do isn't it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Imagine Eduardo! Infelizmente não recebi o seu comentário!
    Nunca vetei nenhum comentário, a não ser os inúmeros spam que recebo, muitos deles inclusive de sites constrangedores.
    Assim, por favor, gostaria muito que você me enviasse novamente o seu comentário.
    Fico muito feliz com os seus gentis e incentivadores comentários, assim como com todos os outros comentários recebidos, pois eles representam um feedback importante e um incentivo formidável para mim!
    Abraços e até mais, Sonia.

  19. WoW, Sonia, the Ron Mueck, Duane Hanson and Mark Jenkins work is just mind-blowing! Thanks so much for the preview and for posting the links; I'll enjoy delving further into these incredible artists' work.

  20. Então vamos de novo, Sonia, nunca é a mesma coisa, mas vamos lá!Acho que foi por ter me excedido no número de palavras...Serei mais objetivo:Ron Mueck, já meu conhecido , e hoje muito divulgado é realmente uma novidade nas dimensões e proporções!Fora a perfeição!Incrivel!Duane Hanson, segue a mesma linha mas sem as distorções, e portanto menos impactante.George Segal é um veterano de muito valor na escultura contemporanea!Seward Johnson eu já conhecia pelas obras por toda parte da California e USA a fora!Por tudo isso vc ve que sua POSTAGEM cobre de forma geral, e com a maior amplitude, esse genero muito moderno!Estas de parabéns! Era mais ou menos isso, espero que chegue agora!

  21. Eduardo, que bom que o seu comentário chegou são e salvo! Obrigada por postá-lo novamente!
    Muito obrigada também pelo elogio ao meu post. Muito legal você já ter visto os trabalhos de Seward Johnson! Eu só agora é que fiquei conhecendo virtualmente as esculturas de Hanson, Segal e Seward e tenho que agradecer por isso à colaboração de minhas amigas Nancy Bea, Naomi e Pam.
    Abraços, Sonia.

  22. AMAZING! Sonia, you are so connected to so many amazing art sites/movements. Thanks so much for sharing and helping us get connected, too. So cool!

  23. Sonia, esse mundo virtual tem coisas que eu DESCONHECIA!
    Da mesma forma que nos conhecemos atraves do AQUI TEM COISA, conheci a MEG no blog do DUDI. Ao entrar no dela: SUBROSA, achei que por ser ROSA, como o sobrenome do DUDI, Maia Rosa, ela era Tia do Dudi. Ledo engano. Mas ela tirou de letra, com grande humor, inteligencia e espirito, e demos boas risadas!Daí para cá algumas postagens, sempre muito carionhosa da parte dela.Hoje soube: Meg morreu no sábado.
    Sua postagem de despedida foi dia 9. Eu dia 10, e 12, ainda estive por lá, SUBROSA, reclamando da falta que ela fazia!E agora fará , definitivamente!Eu até ha poucos dias não a conhecia. Estou sentido como se tivesse perdido uma amiga de toda a vida! Uma experiencia absolutamente nova!Quem nos uniu foi o blog do DUDI. E eu disse a ela que estava bravo com ele por não retornar os comentarios. Hoje fui lá de novo, porque prometi a ela POSTAR um quadro dele, único, por publicação. Ela adorava o DUDI. Não era tia, mas se dizia a maior tiete!Agora sou eu, o maior tiete da MEG!Desculpe o desabafo. Mas foi forte essa emoção nova!

  24. Oh S, Thankyou so much for an excellant post. So much work on your part, but so satisfying to read.

  25. A great post! So interesting. First I thought, the woman in the bed is real!


  26. Vim dar uma outra olhada!Blog bom é assim, a gente não cansa de ver, rever, ver de novo!

  27. Sonia, voltei para te agradecer a informação de que estou com problemas no LINK. Como sabes, disso não entendo nadinha! Mas vou modificar a assinatura pra ver se dá certo.Desde já obrigado.

  28. Sonia, I have never seen sculptures like this other than wax sculptures at Disney World in Orlando. I just had to take a brea from work and read about these. I particularly like the one of the two little old ladies. I would love to see them in person!

    Thanks for sharing!

  29. Super legais as esculturas, Sonia !
    Sempre fui fã de Duane Hanson, e agora pude conhecer os outros artista fantásticos através de seu post !
    Beijos !

  30. A wonderful art exhibition without leaving home! Thank you Sonia!
    ron Mueck's works are fascinatingly real.
    Your friend Cris has taken some lovely photos. Thanks for the link!

  31. Wow Sonia. Thanks for giving me this art tour.

  32. So amazing and lovely indeed!
    Love Jeanne

  33. Lovely photos of beautiful sculptures! Thanks for sharing these.

  34. WOW!!! Thank you for making us smarter and sharing this with us It's amazing!!! Thank you so much!!!

  35. These are incredible sclptures. Your blog is fascinating, Sonia. So much to see, and all of it totally fascinating.

  36. Nice to see other things Mueck did. Thanks for pointing to it.


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