From the mind of Duane Hanson, a Minnesota-born artist whose poignant life-like sculptures brought him fame in the 1960′s. Known for depicting gritty scenes of life’s not-so-glamorous incidents, large scale pieces such as Accident (1967) depicting a violent motorcycle crash, and Race Riot (1969-1971) showcased Hanson’s ability to create astoundingly realistic environments using a variety of artistic materials.
Combining fiberglass with polyester resin and bronze, alongside other materials, Hanson constructed his sculptures with meticulous precision. Choosing to create softer, less jarring scenes in the ’70s, Hanson turned his attention to middle America, situating realistic people in real environments rather than constructing traditional installations. Pieces entitled Supermarket Shopper, Hardhat and Woman Eating typified Hanson’s departure from the graphic scenes he once created in the sixties. Passing away at the age of 70, Hanson and his work remain a significant touchstone for the tradition of hyperrealism in art.