Ron Mueck

Mask III (2005)

About this artwork

Mueck’s sculptures are so lifelike that we find it hard to believe that they are modelled and cast in the traditional way rather than cast from life, even though, as is the case with ‘Mask III’, it is many times the size of a human head. The work is highly idealised and made to have even rounder and more benign-looking features than those of a person it was based on. Shortly before he made 'Mask III', Mueck had visited an exhibition containing a number of sculptures of the Buddha, he attempted to capture some of the inner peace and serenity of these Buddhas. The head is as round and calming as a full moon. Its symmetry is enhanced by the lack of a body.

  • title: Mask III
  • accession number: AR00035
  • artist: Ron MueckAustralian (born 1958)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Sculpture
  • subject: Young British Artists (YBA's)
  • date created: 2005
  • measurements: 155.00 x 132.00 x 113.cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © Ron Mueck
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck

Mueck gained international recognition in 1997 for his sculpture ‘Dead dad’ which was part of the infamous ‘Young British Artists’ ‘Sensation’ exhibition, devoted to the work of young British artists, at London’s Royal Academy. Mueck’s sculptures are all of the human figure, some smaller than life-size, some larger. In them he aims to capture the feeling of key moments in our passage through life. With their uncanny realism and minute detail, Mueck shocks us into reassessing ourselves. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Mueck began his career as a model-maker and puppeteer in childrens’ TV. In 1986 he moved to London and ten years later he devoted himself to making ‘fine’ art. In 2001 he exhibited the colossal 'Untitled (Boy)' at the Venice Biennale.