Chuck Close is dies
Chuck Close, Artist of Outsized Reality, Dies at 81, Brilliant painter. You have to see it in person to get it. His technique was utterly *manical*. The canvases are HUGE, too. Chuck Close, Artist of Outsized Reality, Dies at 81
Chuck Close, the full name is Chuck Thomas Close, (born July 5, 1940 in Monroe, Washington, USA), an American artist, known for his creative techniques for drawing human faces. He is best known for his large-scale realistic portraits.
Kloss began taking art courses from a young age and saw an exhibition of abstract paintings by Jackson Pollock at the age of 14, which inspired him to become a painter. He studied at the Washington University School of Art (BA, 1962) and at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture (BFA, 1963; MFA, 1964). In 1964 he won a Fulbright scholarship to study in Vienna. While teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (1965-1967), he gradually rejected the elements of Abstract Expressionism that originally characterized his work.
Close’s first solo show featured a series of huge black and white portraits, which he painstakingly transformed from small photographs into huge paintings. She reproduced and magnified the mechanical defects (blur and distortion) of photography and the defects of the human face: bloodshot eyes, broken capillaries and enlarged pores. To create her paintings, Kloss superimposed a grid on the photo and then transferred a scale grid onto her huge canvas. She then applied acrylic paint with a spray gun and scraped off the excess with a knife to reproduce the exact shade of each grid in the photo. By imposing such restrictions, Kloss hopes to discover new ways of seeing and creating.
Throughout his career, Kloss continued to focus on portraits based on the photos he took, starting from the neck. In addition to self-portraits, portraits were once portraits of friends, many of whom are well known in the art world. Taking into account the degree of concern for the flaws, these images represent a very human and flawed vision of the subject, while at the same time, considering the monumental and conflictive character of the work, they also present considerable iconic visions of the participants. In the 1970s and 1980s, Close began using colors and experimented with various mediums and techniques. One technique involves simulating the printing process: she uses only cyan, magenta, and yellow, and paints one layer of color on the canvas at a time.
She developed one of the most innovative techniques for her “fingerprint series,” in which she applied ink on her thumb and forefinger, and then pressed them onto the canvas to obtain a subtle range of grays. Observing from a close distance, she can easily see the spiral pattern of the fingerprint; from a distance, this method is unrecognizable and the fingerprints combine to create an illusory whole.