CHUCK CLOSE Self Portrait 2000, Acrylic on canvas. 1940 to PRESENT
Born in Monroe, Washington
Father died when he was eleven
Prosopagnosia (face blindness)
Went to the University of Washington in Seattle for his BFA
Graduated with a MFA from Yale University in1964
Mark (1978 - 1979), Acrylic on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Lived in Europe for a while
Won the Fulbright grant & National Medal of Arts
Returned to the U.S. and worked as a professor for the University of Massachusetts
1988 he was paralyzed when his spinal artery collapsed
Lucas (1986 - 1987), Oil and pencil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
“If you impose a limit to not do something you've done before, it will push you to where you've never gone before.“ Chuck Close (1967)
1967 he decided to go in a new direction: cells consisting of different colors
Later he moved to a more topograpgic style of painting
Has tried many different types of media
Kate, 2007Jacquard tapestry 103 x 79 in. Edition of 10
Brad, 2009Jacquard tapestry 104 x 78 in. Edition of 10
Big Self Portrait,(1967 – 1968)Acrylic on canvas.
DESCRIPTION This is a picture of a baby. It is distorted and put on a grid.
ANALYSIS This is a picture uses color to depict the baby. It also uses shape and pattern with its grid.
Interpretation This is a picture uses color very well; each square is made up of a few major colors creating and overall hue. This design is very intelligent in it’s use of different organic forms with in the grid pattern.
Judgment While this is not my favorite Chuck Close piece, it demonstrates Close’s knowledge of capturing an image. It is successful in all regards of his goal: to abstract a picture of a baby in a way that is both recognizable from far away and visually transformed up close.
Chuck Close went to which prestigious school for his Masters of Fine Arts degree? Yale Harvard Cornell
Chuck Close was a part of which movement? Surrealism Superrealism Dada
Chuck Close suffers from which mental disorder? Bipolar disorder Depression Prosopagnosia
Chuck Close draws his inspiration from his need to try new media and techniques. This means his knowledge of art is always expanding. Almost all of his works are of faces, incidentally Close can not recognize faces. Therefore it can be concluded that he uses his art as his own type of therapy – creating art of people to help him learn their faces. As a hyperrealist Close focused on color and form, depicting everything
exactly as he saw it. His technique with a brush had gain him wide acclaim, but he didn’t stop there. Close threw away all of his tools and began to paint using the colors and forms which he had studied in school. He discover the technique of using grids and abstracted color to create an image that gained realistic qualities when viewed further away. His most recent works have been collaborations with other artists and developed on the idea of using small patches of color to make an image.