Chuck Close

born 1940

Biography

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter, artist and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Although a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Close also creates photo portraits using a very large format camera.

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Hyper-realism

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Dust and Doubt: The Deserts and Galaxies of Vija Celmins

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One step beyond Hyperrealism

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Tate Etc. issue 6: Spring 2006

Tate Etc. issue 6; Spring 2006 online version of Tate magazine

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