Chuck Close

Chuck Close
Photo Credit: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Chuck Close (b. 1940, Monroe, WA) 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.

In 2000, Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has served on the board of many arts organizations, and was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Close joined Pace Gallery in 1977.

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, 2007. oil on canvas, 96 x 84" (243.8 x 213.4 cm).
Shirley, 2007. oil on canvas, 96 x 84" (243.8 x 213.4 cm).
, 2011. multiple made using felt stamps to hand apply oil paints on a silkscreen ground, 34" x 27-1/2" (86.4 cm x 69.9 cm), paper.
Susan / Felt Hand Stamp, 2011. multiple made using felt stamps to hand apply oil paints on a silkscreen ground, 34" x 27-1/2" (86.4 cm x 69.9 cm), paper.
, 2011. multiple made using felt stamps to hand apply oil paints on a silkscreen ground, 33-1/2" x 27-1/2" (85.1 cm x 69.9 cm), paper.
Nat / Felt Hand Stamp, 2011. multiple made using felt stamps to hand apply oil paints on a silkscreen ground, 33-1/2" x 27-1/2" (85.1 cm x 69.9 cm), paper.
, 2011-2012. oil on canvas, 108-1/2" x 84" (275.6 cm x 213.4 cm).
Phil, 2011-2012. oil on canvas, 108-1/2" x 84" (275.6 cm x 213.4 cm).
, 1967. oil on canvas, 117 x 253" (9'9" x 21').
Big Nude, 1967. oil on canvas, 117 x 253" (9'9" x 21').
, 1968. acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84".
Nancy, 1968. acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84".
, 1967-1968. acrylic on canvas, 107-1/2" x 83-1/2" (273 cm x 212.1 cm).
Big Self-Portrait, 1967-1968. acrylic on canvas, 107-1/2" x 83-1/2" (273 cm x 212.1 cm).
, 1969. acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84".
Phil, 1969. acrylic on canvas, 108 x 84".
, 1972-1973. watercolor on paper on canvas, 72-1/2 x 57" (184.2 x 144.8 cm).
Leslie/Watercolor, 1972-1973. watercolor on paper on canvas, 72-1/2 x 57" (184.2 x 144.8 cm).
, 1979. acrylic on canvas, 9' x 7' (29.6 x 23 m).
Mark, 1979. acrylic on canvas, 9' x 7' (29.6 x 23 m).
, 1985. pulp paper on canvas, 96 x 72".
Georgia, 1985. pulp paper on canvas, 96 x 72".
, 1985. oil on canvas, 102" x 84" (259.1 cm x 213.4 cm).
Fanny/Fingerpainting, 1985. oil on canvas, 102" x 84" (259.1 cm x 213.4 cm).
, 1987. oil on canvas, 36 x 30".
Lucas II, 1987. oil on canvas, 36 x 30".
, 1997. oil on canvas, 102 x 84" (259.1 x 213.4 cm).
Self-Portrait, 1997. oil on canvas, 102 x 84" (259.1 x 213.4 cm).
, 1999-2000. oil on canvas, 102" x 84" (259.1 cm x 213.4 cm).
Arne, 1999-2000. oil on canvas, 102" x 84" (259.1 cm x 213.4 cm).
, 2006. oil on canvas, 108-1/2" x 84" (275.6 cm x 213.4 cm).
President Bill Clinton, 2006. oil on canvas, 108-1/2" x 84" (275.6 cm x 213.4 cm).
, 2006. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
Lorna, 2006. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
, 2006. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
Cindy, 2006. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
, 2007. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
Kate, 2007. jacquard tapestry, 103" x 79" (261.6 cm x 200.7 cm).
, 2008-2009. oil on canvas, 101-1/2" x 84" (257.8 cm x 213.4 cm).
Zhang Huan II, 2008-2009. oil on canvas, 101-1/2" x 84" (257.8 cm x 213.4 cm).

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Shirley , 2007. oil on canvas, 96 x 84" (243.8 x 213.4 cm).