Art Work of the Week: Chuck Close

I think most paintings are a record of the decisions that the artist made. I just perhaps make them a little clearer than some people have. Chuck Close

Reinventing portrait painting

Story by Roger Childs, photos of the paintings by Pam Childs

American Chuck Close was born in 1940 and is an imaginative painter, artist and photographer. He is perhaps best known for his large photo-realistic portraits.

Artists Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman and Richard Serra and presidents Clinton and Obama, are among the countless subjects for his unique style of portraying the human face.

The portraits consist of hundreds of tiny shapes which are abstract up close, but from a distance harmonize into very recognizable renditions of the individuals.

A reason why he developed this technique was because a spinal injury left him partly paralysed and unable to recognize faces. This makes his work all the more remarkable.

 

Chuck Close: Agnes 1999
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