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Chuck Close




Chuck Close (b. 1940, Monroe, WA) is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and, most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids.




In 2000, Close was presented with the prestigious National Medal of Arts by President Clinton. Close is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, has served on the board of many arts organizations, and was recently appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.



940 Born: in Monroe, WA

1963 B.F.A. Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT

1964 M.F.A. Yale University School of Art and Architecture, New Haven, CT

1965 Studied at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1965 Fullbright Grant, Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, Vienna, Austria

1966 Resident Artist, The American Academy, Rome, Italy

1991 Receives Skowhegan Medal for Painting

1992 Elected member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY

1996 Resident artist at The American Academy, Rome, Italy

1998 Elected Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA

2000 Awarded National Medal of Arts, Washington, D.C.

Lives and works in New York, NY and Long Island, NY







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