Chuck Close

Contemporary American Artist & Master of Gridded Portraits

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Chuck Close Overcame Big Challenges

If I flatten someone's face out, I have a perfect sense of what they look like. I am compelled to do images of people I care about, to distinguish them from everyone else out there.

Works from photographs & uses a grid

My real subjects are not people. I paint portraits of photographs.

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Self Portrait. 1997. Silk-screen.

I paint heads because heads matter to everybody. If you paint a face big enough, it's hard to ignore!

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