Chuck Close(1940-), Artist
Artist of 1 portrait
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.