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Chuck Close

Chuck Close is a  American artist noted for his highly inventive techniques used to paint the human face. He is best known for his large-scale Photo-realist portraits. Close began taking art lessons as a child and at age 14 saw an exhibition of Jackson Pollock’s abstract paintings, which helped inspire him to become a painter. He studied at the University of Washington School of Art (B.A., 1962) and at the Yale University School of Art and Architecture (B.F.A., 1963; M.F.A., 1964), and in 1964 he won a Fulbright scholarship to study in Vienna. While teaching at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1965–67), he gradually rejected the elements of Abstract Expressionism that had initially characterized his work.

Self Portrait 2000

Description: escreenprint in colors, on Saunders Waterford paper
Size: 65 ½ x 54 1/8 in. (1664 x 1375 mm.)
Notes: signed and dated in pencil, numbered 19/80, published by Pace Editions, Inc., New York

Obama III

Description: archival watercolor pigment print in colors, on Hahnemühle paper, 2012
Size: 30 7⁄8 x 23 7⁄8 in. (784 x 606 mm.)
Notes: igned and dated in pencil, numbered 110/200, co-published by the artist


Description: direct gravure etching on Arches Aquarelle paper
Size: 54 x 40 in. (1371 x 1016 mm.)
Notes: eCo-published by Pace Editions and Graphicstudio, New York, U.S.

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