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Christine I, John DeAndrea, 2011.

In advance of the Sept. 18 opening of Our Own Directions: Works from the Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel Collection here at Mana Contemporary in conjunction with the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, we will feature daily previews of the artists included in the show.

Born in Denver in 1941, sculptor John DeAndrea is associated with the Photorealist and Hyperrealist movements for his astonishingly life-like polyvinyl and polychromed bronze casts of the human figure. Specializing in female nudes, his sculptures are cast directly from the models’ bodies to ensure that every wrinkle, mole and minute detail are reproduced. He blends latex acrylic paint to give a flesh-like tone and implants real human hair for the scalp, brows and pubic area. DeAndrea’s sculptures are often in pensive poses, evoking the Classical Greek figures, while forcing the viewer to address the shock factor of their reality and familiarity.