Chuck Close is a photo-realistic painter who emerged in the 70’s as a dominant force of portraiture. This was during the late 60’s fascination in achieving the photo-realistic quality that cameras could capture. Upon achieving this, Close went on to explore different forms of portraiture and collage that focused more on an intuitive process that expressed a wider ranger of artistic concepts and self identity.
Below is a quick look at the evolution of Chuck’s work over the decades.
In the late 60’s, he focused predominantly on desaturated paintings, mostly done with acrylic on canvas. His black and white images forced people to focus on detail and depth.
The 70’s saw a sudden burst of colour in his work. He began capturing photo-realistic changes in skin tones, accurately depicting highlights and blemishes under hard lighting.
“Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It’s the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style”
“I’m pre-pixel, they got it from me”
Close believes that his conceptual intentions are timeless, whereas his tools or materials are infinitely interchangeable. This interchanging method keeps his work fresh and contemporary.
“A face is a road map of someone’s life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there’s a great deal that’s communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.”