Background• Close was born in Washington in 1940• He was severely disabled as a child. In addition to physical limitations, Close could not perform simple math and was dyslexic.• To help Close find something he could succeed at, his parents enrolled him in art lessons with a neighborhood artist.• Close found his passion at a young age.
A Talent forCreating LikenessWhen Chuck attendedart school, he workedwith some of the mostfamous artists at thattime. However, hedeveloped his ownmethods and style,based on the grid,creating large-scalepaintings and printsthat havephotographicresemblance to thepeople he portrays.
Above, museum-goers visit a painting byChuck Close at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Close captured even the smallest details of this woman’s appearance, like stray hairs and freckles.
EvolutionChuck Close’s workhas evolved over hiscareer. His mostrecent work has takenon a more abstractappearance. Whenasked what the key tohis success as anartist is, he says, “I’venever had a day ofartist’s block in my life.Everything I’ve donehas come throughhard work, nothingmore.”
Chuck NowClose suffered from astroke in 1988 which lefthim in a wheelchair. Henow resides in New YorkCity, where he continuesto make work andregularly give talks. InMarch 2012, he was akeynote speaker at theNational Art EducationAssociation conference,where he spoke to agroup of art teachersfrom across the countryabout the art makingprocess.