Archive for April 14, 2013

Artist of the moment…..Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck is an Australian artist known for sculptures that capture the emotions of the human face. He is known as a hyper realist artist. I love his use of exaggeration when portraying the human figure.  Ron Mueck was born in Melbourne, Australia in the year 1958. Many times the human body is portrayed larger than in real life adding to the curiosity of Mueck’s works.

He worked in entertainment industry for many years. Similar to Sesame Street, Ron Mueck was the creative director and voice of many puppets for a popular children’s show titled Shirl’s Neighbourhood. It was ran from 1979 to 1984.

Other jobs in the entertainment field include working with Jim Henson and his Muppets and also a film titled Labyrinth.

Mueck lives and works out of London, England.

Mueck then started his own business creating props and large animated creatures that looked animated rather than like robots. The company was based out of London, England. The company was a challenge for the artist, but his props were usually only meant to photographed from one side or a certain angle. Mueck longed to produce finished works of art that looked finished from all angles.

Has made collaborations with his mother-in-law  another famous artist named Paula Rego. Rego is a famous author and painter and here is a great example of her expressive style of painting.


His mother introduced him to mega art collector Charles Saatchi and this helped launch his career to the next level as Saatchi purchased works and commissioned works by the artist.

Below is a great clip that shows an exhibition given by the artist. Many different works are shown and the artist’s brilliance at capturing emotion in his faces is displayed.

When looking at Ron Mueck’s body of work I am reminded of the great British artist Lucien Freud. Freud was known for his use of very thick paint applied with his hogs hair brushes. The artist enjoyed drawing people from odd angles and many times his works appear more lively than other stiffly and more accurately painted pictures. Below is a great example of Freud’s artwork.  Freud was born in the year 1922 and passed away in 2011.


Price range information:  Ron Mueck has broken the one million dollar sale mark with a work titled Big Baby which sold for $1.35 million back in 2008. Smaller works that are cast out of dental plaster are the cheapest starting around $80,000.

Other great hyper realist style sculptors profiled on this site would be John DeAndrea and also master sculptor Duane Hanson, both profiled here already!


Artist of the moment….Charles Arnoldi…

Charles Arnoldi hails from California and is a painter and sculptor best  known for his  abstract works. Charles Arnoldi was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1946. Arnoldi is now based out of Los Angeles, California.

Arnoldi came onto the national scene in the 1970s with his wooden sculptures.

Price range information: Works done in acrylics range $4,000 to $60,000. Prints range $1,500 to $7,500. No pricing available for sculpture works.

Below a brief interview with Arnoldi before at an exhibition. A great clip as the artist talks about why he painted the highly finished works and then his looser less finished works.

Arnoldi was inspired to paint by viewing some works by two abstract masters in Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning.

For his collegiate studies the artist enrolled briefly at a junior college in California and also the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles. The artist disliked the strict and formal classroom setting and decided to learn via “on the job” training after less than 2 years of schooling.

A link for the artist’s own website:

When looking at the works of Charles Arnoldi I am reminded of Rex Ray. I find both use some similar abstract shapes in their works alongside bold color. Also both use wood textures. Rex Ray is a contemporary artist from California that also has a huge stamp in the home furnishings arena designing things such as rugs and carpets along with his prints and original works of art. Ray enjoys including wood texture in many of his works. Below a signature example of his Rex Ray’s style. Notice the wooden textured background.


Another artist that jumps to mind would be any  of the painters of the Pattern and Decoration Movement that was very popular in the States from 1975 to 1985. The main artist I am reminded of in this group is Valerie Jaudon. The artist was born in 1945 and is a huge success in the art world best non for non objective style of painting. She has been awarded many prestigious public commissions. For me her work with the small shape motif is very similar to the design used by Charles Arnoldi when he makes his paintings or wall reliefs that include many twigs and small branches. Below are some examples of Valerie Jaudon’s geometric and abstract working style.