Chuck Close

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This is a slide show about our Gridded Portrait project inspiration, Chuck Close.

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Chuck Close

  1. 1.  Born in Monroe, Washington in 1940  In his teens, muscular weakness and learning disabilities made sports and academics a challenge – he found drawing was what he was good at— and making people laugh!  He really was a smart and talented guy - Received a BA at the University of Washington, MFA at Yale, Fulbright Scholar in Europe
  2. 2. When he was a kid in Monroe, he studied with a neighborhood artist and was probably the only eight year old around drawing a nude model. This influenced him to continue his study of nudes at the University of Washington.
  3. 3.  Began painting in 1960’s- influence from pop art.  One subject for 30 years – the human face › ―I paint heads because heads matter to everybody. If you paint a face big enough, it’s hard to ignore.‖  Began as a photorealist artist but a spinal injury forced a necessary change in his style.
  4. 4. ―I had to recover to paint. There is nothing else I can do. There is nothing else I want to do.‖
  5. 5. ―I build a painting by putting little marks together – some look like hotdogs, some look like doughnuts – the way a writer makes a novel by slamming words together.‖

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