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Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

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Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Looking as a white bedsheet. Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert

Incredibly realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert resemble paintings of Renaissance masters. Have you ever seen a floating book, or floating cards, or even a floating rock, or just a magic made of wood? Genius of sculpture, Art professor Tom Eckert from Arizona State University carves hyper-realistic sculptures – fabrics that look silky smooth to the touch, and fruit that look ripe for eating. And all these sculptures he made entirely out of wood. The professor carves, turns, bends and laminates wood to look like fabrics, glass, stone and fruit. Then, he applies waterborne lacquer paint with spray guns and brushes. According to the master, the woods he prefers working with are basswood, linden and lime-wood, because they are good and stable for carving and painting. In addition, the professor explained that coming from a painting and drawing background, he is still interested in applying some of those techniques to his sculptures.

Hyperrealistic wooden sculpture of silky fabric and cards by professor Tom Eckert

Wooden sculpture of silky fabric and cards, sculptural composition by professor Tom Eckert

Meanwhile, Tom Eckert has exhibited his art works in over 150 national and international exhibitions since 1966. His work is shown throughout the United States and the Netherlands, and was part of the Craft in America traveling exhibition.

“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”.

Realistic wooden sculptures by Tom Eckert