Chuck Close

Artist Profile Chuck Close

Chuck Close is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids.

Photo by: Gianfranco Gorgoni.