My Name Is Feuerman, Carole Feuerman

When artists get waxworks right, the results can be so stunning it’s almost impossible to tell them from real people. One such artist is American hyper-realistic sculptor Carole A. Feuerman, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most prominent hyper-realist sculptors.

Carole Feuerman

The models created by Carole are so realistic that people sometimes think they’re alive. Looking at some of her works, I really find it hard to believe that they are sculptures. They look incredibly lifelike!

Carole spends a painstaking six months on the waxworks to create the stunningly lifelike sculptures, with her hyper-realistic sculptures selling for as much as £250,000 each.

Carole's lifelike models sell for up to £250,000 each

The Manhattan-based sculptor’s collection includes several female model waxworks in swimming costumes or bikinis.

The grandmother-of-two said her waxworks are seen as so lifelike that viewers of her work often refer to the models as real people.

She said: ‘My studio can take people by surprise, it is always littered with different body parts.

‘As my work is designed to look as realistic as possible, people often get a bit freaked out when they come in.

‘When I am creating and painting a sculpture, people refer to the work as ‘it’.

‘But when the piece is finished, people subconsciously start calling them ‘him’ or ‘her’ – they speak about my art as if they were real people.

‘Even with people who have worked with me for years, and are used to my art, end up doing it.

‘When designing a piece, I rarely base a sculpture purely on one person – most of my work will use the face of one model, the body of another and the arms and hands of a third.

‘I have sculptures that have been made up of body parts of five or six different people.’

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Carole creates the amazing works by creating a mould, and making a resin cast out of liquid polyester, before using very fine sandpaper to refine the piece and to give the sculpture its lifelike skin.

She then spends weeks spraying hundreds of layers of skin-toned paint to the piece, attaching real human hair to finally bring it to life.

Carole uses hundreds of layers of skin-toned paint and real hair to create the hyper-realistic models

Artist Carole Feuerman takes six painstaking months to create the stunningly lifelike sculptures

Carole Feuerman posing with her sculpture Survival of Serena

‘It is very time consuming but you can’t rush it – the longer it takes, the better it looks.

‘As we know the look of human skin so well it takes time to be able to get the sculpture realistic enough to trick the eye.

‘But the aim of my art is not just to make a realistic looking model – I am not trying to do what Madame Tussauds do and simply recreate life-like representation.

‘My art tells a story and I want the viewer to be involved and really feel the character’s emotion.’

Part of the time consuming nature of creating the models is down to their large size

Carole Feuerman's sculptures

Carole A. Feuerman's stunning sculpture

Carole currently lives and works in New York, New York. Feuerman is most known for her resin sculptures painted in oil, but she also utilizes other media such as bronze and stone. She developed a technique she calls “painting with fire” where she pours, splatters and splashes up to five different molten metals that are 2000 degrees in temperature. Most recently she has introduced photography and video media as a component to her sculptural works and plans on creating more installations for 2011.

Another amazing Carole Feuerman looks so real!

She is represented by galleries both nationally and abroad, and has work in many public and private collections all over the world. She has enjoyed six museum retrospectives to date, and has been included in exhibitions at, among other venues, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, Italy.

You could swear that this is a real human!

Among the notable honors Feuerman has received are the Amelia Peabody Award, the Betty Parsons Award, the Lorenzo de Medici Prize at both the 2001 Biennale di Firenze and from the City of Florence, and First Prize at both the 2008 Beijing Biennale and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Fine Arts Exhibition.

Carole A. Feuerman's lifelike sculpture

Her work is in the collections of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, Ms. Ariela Wertheimer, the Forbes Magazine Collection, and the Caldic Collection, among others.

Carole A. Feuerman's stunning sculpture

Selected public collections include The Fort Lauderdale Museum, The Bass Museum, The Tampa Museum, The El Paso Museum, The Boca Raton Museum, The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami, Amarillo Art Museum, Queensborough Community College Museum, Brandeis University, Vin & Sprithistoriska Museet, and Grounds for Sculpture.

Another beautiful work of Carole Feuerman

One comment

  1. So Carole the fun thing about life is;;; Finding people on the net years later. Before you creep out and delete. Check this out .
    You don’t know me and that’s ok I’m not asking for anything or even a reply. I am a fan.
    In the late part of the 80’s I was working in a small factory in northern NJ. We made plastic parts for many different clients. In the daily duty of showing up and working for my wife and kids to live comfortable. I always tried to make things interesting for me so I didn’t get bored or at least I wanted to learn new things. I have been blessed by many talents and in the early parts of my life got involved with really cool things to do and be proud of, and get paid.
    In this particular place and time , I came to work one day and the boss( a young guy that took over for his Dad that built the business and passed) he asked me what my knowledge of trucks where. Seeing that I drove an older truck that had been fixed up. I informed him that I am a sheet metal guy and I’ve painted cars before. He asked me about structural aspects and cosmetics and next thing I know, we are building glass cubes for the back of these new trucks. It didn’t stop there for me. I got overtime pay because the client had a deadline and quota. We fabbed side panels. I custom fitted rear fenders and built a heavy box to hold a gas powered generator on the side of each truck. And a custom rear step bumper of my own design. I stayed late into the night for a couple weeks to paint the cabs and the panels and the glass cubes that we attached to the truck.
    Then I got to see what this “thing” was all about. Our fab shop was also working on fun things to go into the cube. A bottle that was clear and plumbed to inject air so it would look like fizzy soda. A similar bottle on end that had the Smirnoff label.
    Then one day . You came to our shop with your sculptures. I was asked to give you room to work and any help you needed. You where very nice to us and I enjoined talking with you about your work. I was told these trucks where to be driven around in the city as a moving advertisement ( the first of its kind as far as I knew) I don’t remember the clients name that was hired by Smirnoff. But I remembered your work over the years . It was easy to find you on the net. It was by accident that I even started looking. I am building sets for our Easter play at Church . We sold 12k tix for our Christmas play this past year. It’s kind of a big deal for us. It’s a big church we are told we are second only to Sight and Sound in Lancaster PA . We like that but we know it is all Gods work and I have been to a show at Sight and Sound. We have far to go but it is an honor that people say it.
    Why am I telling you all this? You inspired me in ways that have helped me over these years. Even if just a bit. I appreciate you and your work. And I am glad to have an opportunity to tell you. In those days there was no internet. And it would be inappropriate for me to ask my boss for your address or whatever so I could let you know. I had a chuckle with you when you described to me the process of your figures. You told me , one of them was a likeness of you. And that you took the torso and bandsawed part of it to give a “slimmer ” figure. I really thought that was fun. And smart of you to get what you where looking for on your art. So that’s it . I just wanted to let you know you made an impact on a guy so many years ago. I can’t say that I ever sawed a fanny or even painted a face. But you and your art have always been with me. Plus the simple fact that I believe we all come together for a reason. It may only be that I needed the over time in those days. 4 kids and a wife and car payment, so thank you for the work and the experience with joy and laughter for years. Thank you Carole. If you are interested in coming to our Church to see our play. We are in Camp Hill Pa . Go to we would love to have you. Blessings

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