Artist Spotlight: Chuck Close

Chuck Close in action

The other day there was a lengthy profile on artist Chuck Close in The New York Times Magazine. While his name might not seem too familiar, the odds are pretty good you’ve come across images of his work. Close is known for his amazing large-scale paintings done from photographs.

His work falls in the category of art known as photorealism – this style is known for its extreme detail in rendering a photograph in another artistic medium (yes, the images below are all paintings – shout out to one of our library databases, ARTstor, for providing access).

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This noted artist started out as a community college student (!) before continuing on with his art studies. He was also the recipient of a Fulbright and National Endowment of the Arts grants and has had exhibitions all over the world.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chuck Close we have a number of options for you in the library. Here are just a few:


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