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Chuck Close

(1940-), Artist

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American artist Chuck Close is renowned for his inventive, large-scale, photo-based portraits. Having studied at the University of Washington (1962) and Yale University School of Art and Architecture (1963-4), he has focussed on portraiture and the human face since the late 1960s. In 1988 Close was paralyzed following a spinal artery collapse but has continued to work using a brush-holder strapped to his wrist and forearm. He has made portraits of subjects including Philip Glass, Cindy Sherman, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. In 2000, Close was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. He is represented in museums including Tate Modern, Centre George Pompidou and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

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Sandy Robert Nairne, by Chuck Close - NPG 7017

Sandy Robert Nairne

by Chuck Close
archival watercolour pigment print on Hahnemuhle rag paper, 2015
NPG 7017


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Patrick Moriarty

19 August 2017, 14:27

Chuck Close's portrait forces you to walk forwards and backwards repeatedly to appreciate his clever technique. If you go too close the image is simply a mass of unidentifiable pixels, similar to a TV screen or computer. The attention to colour to create such a realistic portrait when seen at a distance, is remarkable.

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