Chuck Close

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Chuck Close
Chuck Close in 2009
Born (1940-07-05) July 5, 1940 (age 77)
Monroe, Washington
Nationality American
Field Photorealistic painter, photographer
Training B.A., University of Washington, 1962; M.F.A., Yale University

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (born July 5, 1940) is an American painter, artist and photographer.

Early life[change | change source]

Close was born in Monroe, Washington. He was raised in Everett, Washington. Close studied at the University of Washington and at Yale University. He suffered from dyslexia.[1]

Career[change | change source]

Close achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits.[2] Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Although a 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.

Personal life[change | change source]

Close lives and works in Bridgehampton, New York and Long Beach, New York.[3][4] He has two daughters with Leslie Rose.[5] They divorced in 2011.

Close married to artist Sienna Shields whom he married in 2013.[6]

Gallery[change | change source]

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