Selected works by Duane Hanson

Duane Hanson
Left to right: Young Shopper, Man on a Bench, Lady with Shopping Bags





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Duane Hanson
Left to right: Woman with Child in Stroller, Traveller





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Duane Hanson
Left to right: Security Guard, Flea Market Vendor





Life-size
Duane Hanson
Tourists II

1988

fibreglass and mixed media, with accessories

life size
Since the early 1970’s Duane Hanson has been making startlingly lifelike sculptures of middle America accomplished through a complex process of casting from live models, recreated in bronze or fibreglass resin.
Duane Hanson
Young Shopper

1973

polyester and fibreglass, polychromed in oil, with accessories

life size
Duane Hanson concentrated on the naked fact of the subject, an astonishingly persuasive counterfeit of another human being as a fully realised physical presence. When describing this sculpture Duane Hanson said: ‘I like the physical burdens this woman carries. She is weighted down by all of her shopping bags and purchases, and she has become almost a bag herself. She carries physical burdens – the burdens of life, of everyday living. But initially, it’s quite a funny sculpture’.
Duane Hanson
Sunbather with Black Bikini

1989

Polychromed bronze, with accessories

Life size
Duane Hanson’s sculptures are like minutes from a slice of life, frozen for pause and contemplation. And unlike looking at real people you get the chance for an up-close, unblinking gawp.
Duane Hanson
Queenie II

1988

polychromed bronze, with accessories

life size
Queenie can be understood on one level as the personification of all those resigned-looking women who drag their bodies around in pursuit of the mess created by the rest of us. But we are made to confront the fact that such women, who are usually invisible and ignored, are not just faceless domestics.
Duane Hanson
Man on a Bench

1997

vinyl, polychromed in oil, with accessories

life size
Duane Hanson’s hyper-real Old Man on a Bench is in a peculiarly modern predicament of drifting or simply existing, merely marking time on his way from birth to death.
Duane Hanson
Woman with Child in a Stroller

1985

autobody filler, polyvinyl and mixed media, with accessories

life size
The insistence on the irreplaceability of each person, and on the dignity to be accorded to those who are usually overlooked or spurned as ordinary are central to Duane Hanson’s art and humanitarian vision.
Duane Hanson
Flea Market Vendor

1990

polychromed bronze, with accessories

life size
Duane Hanson’s sculptures of people are just too believable. Creating vignettes of real American life, he doesn’t forget a single detail. Casting his figures from live models in his studio, Duane Hanson then adorned them with every attribute of life-likeness from tiny body hairs, varicose viens, bruises, and hangnails. He hand picked their clothes from second hand shops, and accessorised them accordingly.
Duane Hanson
Jogger

1983

acetate and mixed

media,
The truly radical nature of Duane Hanson’s procedures – by which casts were made directly from the body and head of a particular but anonymous person with exception of Jogger a doctor friend of Duane Hanson who volunteered for the mold-making sessions, and whose body type fit perfectly with his idea. Reassembled into a complete figure, ilusionistically painted for the most convincing skin-tones and finally dressed in actual clothes. Duane Hanson judged the success of his work insofar as it obscured all traces of his subtle interventions so the figure appeared to be nothing more than a three dimensional replica of an actual person.
Duane Hanson
Traveller

1988

autobody filler, fibreglass and mixed media with accessories

life size
The Traveller snoozes sunburned and hung over in a pile of cheap luggage waiting exhaustedly for a connecting flight home.
Duane Hanson
Delivery Man

1980

Polyvinyl poly-chromed in oil, with accessories

Life size
Duane Hanson
Security Guard

1990

polychromed bronze, with accessories

Life size
Duane Hanson
Lady with shopping bags

1972

polyester resin and fibreglass, polychromed in oil, with accessories

Life size
Duane Hanson
Old couple on a bench

1994

autobody filler, fibreglass and mixed media, with accessories

Life size

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on Duane Hanson

the-artists.org
Modern and Contemporary artists and art – Duane Hanson

museum.oglethorpe.edu - Duane Hanson: A Master Returns
This exhibition featured eight life-sized sculptures by Duane Hanson, a noted American sculptor, and a former art professor at Oglethorpe University. Hanson's super-realist sculptures are cast from human models and rendered in polyvinyl, auto body filler (bondo), or bronze.

designboom.com - Duane Hanson: 'more than reality'
The retrospective of the late photo realist sculptor Duane Hanson is currently in the midst of an extensive tour of European museums. 30 sculptures are on show. Hanson describes the masses, their loneliness, their isolation and despair, with deeply sorrowful humour.

artmolds.com
Hanson, Duane(1925-1996) was born in Alexandria, Minnesota and began working as a realist in his early teens. One solo exhibition in particular, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City (1978), was influential in establishing Hanson as one of the leading sculptors of the late twentieth century.

broward.org - Duane Hanson's Archetypes of Humanity by James A. Findlay, Librarian
Bienes Center for the Literary Arts
Apparently from the start, Duane Hanson's primary interest was in recreating the human form. His first extant sculpture is a three-dimensional wood rendering of the figure in Thomas Gainsborough's famous portrait The Blue Boy (c. 1770). Remarkably, Hanson created his version of Blue Boy in 1938 when he was thirteen, while living with his family in Parkers Prairie, Minnesota, an isolated town of 700 inhabitants.

kunsthaus.ch - Duane Hanson: Interpretations
Hanson does not show society’s leading lights and winners, but concentrates instead on so-called ordinary people going about their daily business. All are what we define as average. Yet, astonishingly enough, in the long run these people are more interesting than the fake personas in a cabinet of wax figures with their elaborate clothes and make-up. This, in short, is the core of Duane Hanson’s art.

tfaoi.com - Duane Hanson: Portraits from the Heartland
As an artist, Hanson was a social realist, looking at a broad range of people in society and making observations about their everyday life. He recognized and admired ordinary people, like laborers and theelderly, whom he believed had been marginalized by society. Through his art he sought to make the general public aware of their presence and contributions to society.

tfaoi.com - A large selection of text from ‘Portraits of the Heartland’
As a social realist, Duane Hanson (1925-1996) took sculpture off the pedestal, removed the boundaries that separate art from life, and created a realism that compels us to take a closer look at our neighbors and ourselves. "The sculptures by Duane Hanson are uncanny in their realism and careful detailing of everyday life.