Chuck Close achieved his international reputation by demonstrating that a very traditional art form, portrait painting, could be resurrected as a challenging form of contemporary expression. His subjects are his family, his friends, himself, and fellow artists whose faces are described through his distinct, meticulous marks. Working from a gridded photograph, Chuck Close builds his images by applying one careful stroke after another in multicolours or grayscale. His works are generally larger than life and highly focused. For Chuck Close, it is the process of description that renders meaning, rather than the subject itself.
Born in Monroe, Washington in 1940, Chuck Close studied art at the University of Washington, Seattle and Yale University, earning an M.F.A. in 1964. His work can be found in museums and private collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Tate Gallery, London, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 1998-99 he was the subject of a major travelling exhibition, Chuck Close: A Retrospective, originating at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Chuck Close lives and works in New York.
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