Duane Hanson's sculptures are cast from live human models, rendered in polyvinyl, bondo or bronze, then painted to resemble human flesh, and finished with hair, clothing and accessories.
This exhibition featured eight life-sized sculptures by Duane Hanson, a noted American sculptor, and a former art professor at Oglethorpe University.
Duane Hanson was born in Alexandria, Minnesota January 17, 1925. He received his BA from Macalester College in 1946 and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 1951. From 1962-1965 Hanson was an art professor at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta. While in Atlanta, Hanson was commissioned to produce several large decorative sculptures for the exterior of buildings, including the Stormy Petrel which adorns the Dorough Field House at Oglethorpe University. It was during his time at Oglethorpe that Hanson received a grant from the Ella Lyman Cabot Trust to develop his work with life-sized polyester resin and fiberglass sculpture.
After Hanson moved to New York in 1969, his works were shown in solo exhibitions in New York and Germany. From 1976-78, a major retrospective of his sculptures went on an extended museum tour throughout the United States. Hanson was named Florida Ambassador of the Arts in 1983. His first bronze sculptures were featured in a solo exhibition in Japan in 1984.
Hanson's work has been featured in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Musee des Beaux Arts de Montreal, World Design Exposition in Nagoya, Japan, and in numerous other museums and galleries around the world. A traveling exhibition of Hanson's sculptures organized by the Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art on December 17, 1998.
Hanson died January 6, 1996.