Next month, London artist Ron Mueck is having his first major exhibition in Paris since 2005 and for the occasion, he let French photographer Gautier DeBlonde inside his studio to take these photgraphs. Wow.

You can see the sculptural hyperrealism master tinkering at the intricate details — softly chiseling gigantic pores into the skin, adjusting the age-spots and frail hairs, polishing the baby.

Not sure how to feel about this. On the one hand, it’s great to see such a renowned artist at his delicate work. On the other hand, it’s like watching sausage being made. Made out of cut-up hyperrealistic torsos, stoic sliced-off faces and other nightmare fodder.

Ron Mueck, Apr 16 – Sep 29, Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris