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Hyper Realistic Wood Sculptures by Tom Eckert

Arizona-based artist Tom Eckert creates incredibly lifelike sculptures entirely out of wood, and then painted. Working primarily with basswood, linden and limewood, Eckert use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint his pieces. His most mind-boggling sculptures feature flowing fabric forms, some of which appear translucent. Eckert says about his work:

Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences. One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage. The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me. This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction. “Cloth” carved of wood has much different structural qualities than real cloth. When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens - for me, magic.

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Also see the woodworks of Randall Rosenthal

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