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American figurative sculptor whose lifelike figures made of cast fibreglass and polyester resin and dressed in real clothes often fooled the public into believing that they were viewing real people. Because of its faithfulness to reality, Hanson's work is often categorized with that of the Photo-realist painters, who based their paintings on photographic images. Unlike the two-dimensional paintings, however, Hanson's three-dimensional objects, life-size and realistic down to the hair on their arms, are uncanny: they are simultaneously familiar and yet strange