I first encountered; Australian-born-but-London-based; artist Don Mueck's sculptural work in the Sensation exhibit at Royal Academy of Art in 1997.
The piece was 'Dead Dad', pictured above. There is no way to explain, and no photo can every really capture, just how incredible this artist's work really is.
I remember being amazed at how 'perfect' the work was and how it was so realistic - right down to the hairs on his legs - that it was hard to believe that it wasn't real. Hence, why it was also a little creepy.
His phenomenal attention to hyper-realistic detail partially is partially explained when you discover that Mueck comes from a family of toy makers and that his early career was as a model maker and puppeteer.
The work is utterly remarkable and if you ever get an opportunity to see it 'in the flesh' you really must do so.