Chuck Close


Charles Thomas Close (July 5, 1940 – August 19, 2021) was an American painter, visual artist, and photographer who made massive-scale photorealist and abstract portraits of himself and others. Close also created photo portraits using a very large format camera. He adapted his painting style and working methods in 1988, after being paralyzed by an occlusion of the anterior spinal artery.

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American painter and printmaker, known as one of the leading members of the Photorealist movement of the 1960s and 1970s. He is best known for his large portraits of himself and his friends taken from photographs and painstakingly rendered on canvas.

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United States


Artist, collagist, graphic artist, lecturer, painter, photographer

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Chuck Close, Charles Close, Chuck Close, Charles Thomas Close

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