Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Chuck Close- Mary Ann Raftery

Chuck Close is a revered American artist who is widely collected by major museums. In the late 1960s, Chuck Close’s realistic and heroically scaled portraits of his family and friends sent shockwaves throughout the art world that are still being felt to this day. Chuck Close's approach to the canvas was inspired by the non-hierarchical, all- over surface of American painting epitomized for him by the work of Abstract Expressionists such as Jackson Pollock.  After taking a picture of his subject, Close makes photographic prints that he uses to transfer the images to canvas. Utilizing a technique devised by Renasissance masters and adapted by contemporary billboard paints, Close overlays a working print with a numbered and lettered grid, and then reproduces the image block by block. 

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