These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

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. Warning: Some NSFW images ahead.

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.

Top picture: Gautier Deblonde/Fondation Cartier


Woman With Shopping Bags, 2013.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Francois Mori/AP


Couple Under an Umbrella, 2013.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Francois Mori/AP


Young Couple, 2013.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Francois Mori/AP


Youth, 2009.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


Drift, 2009.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


Still Life, 2009.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Raoul Wega/Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


Woman with Sticks, 2008.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images


A girl, 2006.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


Spooning Couple, 2005.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


Two Women, 2005.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


In Bed, 2005

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images


Mother And Child, 2002.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Johannes Simon/Getty Images


Mask II, 2001-2002.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


Untitled (Big Man), 2000.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Francois Mori/AP


Boy, 2000.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Polfoto, Morten Overgaard/AP


Dead Dad, 1996-1997.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Raoul Wegat/Getty Images


Big Baby, 1996.

These 18 Sculptures By An Australian Artist Are So Lifelike You’ll Swear They’re Real

Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images