Chuck Close

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Chuck Close
Chuck Close in 2009
Born (1940-07-05) July 5, 1940 (age 78)
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]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hylton, Wil S. (July 13, 2016). "The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  2. Newhall, Edith (April 15, 1991). "Close to the Edge". New York Magazine. pp. 40–41..
  3. Helen A. Harrison (February 22, 2004), Following the Light, and Making Faces New York Times.
  4. "An Artist Finds the Perfect Red". 6 March 2014 – via Wall Street Journal.
  5. Wendy Goodman (May 28, 2007), Buy, Rip, Repeat. New York Magazine.
  6. NY Times. 13.07.2016. Wil S Hylton. The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close

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