Duane Hanson U.S.A., 1925-1996

"My art is not about fooling people. It's the human attitudes I'm after-fatigue, a bit of frustration, rejection. To me, there is a kind of beauty in all this." - Duane Hanson

Duane Hanson was an American sculptor known for his hyper-realistic depictions of ordinary people. Using polyester resin, Bondo, bronze, or fiberglass, Hanson's technique involved casting living people and then painstakingly painting the fiberglass figure with all the imperfections and veins of actual skin. Though often associated with the Pop Art movement in his depictions of consumerism, his work can also be linked to humanist 19th-century painters such as Honore Daumier and Jean-Francois Millet, who empathetically depicted the life or ordinary peasants.


Born on January 17, 1925 in Alexandria, MN, Hanson went on to receive his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1951. His works can be found in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, among others. Hanson died on January 6, 1996 in Boca Raton, FL.