Phil Watercolor. 1977, Watercolor on paper 58 x 40"
Big Self-Portrait. 1967-68. Acrylic on canvas. 107 1/2 x 83 1/2"
Linda. 1975-76. Acrylic and pencil on canvas. 108 x 84"
Fanny / Finger-painting (detail at left). 1985. Oil-based ink on canvas. 102 x 84"
Jud / Collage. 1982.Pulp paper collage on canvas. 96 x 72"
Leslie/Watercolor 1.1986. Watercolor on paper 30.25 x 22.25”
“When every kid on the block wanted to become a policeman or fireman, I wanted to be an artist. It was the first thing I was good at, the first thing that really made me special. I had skills the other kids didn’t have. Art saved my life.”
An Obstacle 1988 health problems Hospitalization Paralysis
Chuck Close Photo-Realism In 1988 Chuck Close was hospitalized due to the sudden collapse of a spinal artery. He has since been paralyzed from the waist down. He continues to paint on the same scale that he had always painted on. Now he has attendants that help him with the preliminary work, but he still does the actual painting. Sometimes he sits on a forklift, and other times he uses a special mechanical easel that raises, lowers, and rotates his canvases for him.
“ I had to recover enough to paint. There is nothing else I can do. There is nothing else I want to do” Chuck Close
The Studio When I was walking around I was 6 foot 3, and people didn't tend to approach me very much, and one of the interesting things about being in a wheelchair is it sort of cuts you down to size and perhaps out of sympathy or whatever people feel much more like coming up to you. I'm more accessible I guess down here.”
Chuck Close Photo-Realism Chuck Close was influence by the images of the Pop Artists. He felt the same way about America’s dependence on the second hand visual experience. None of his “portraits” are traditional. They tell us nothing about the subject’s lives, feelings, character, profession, or social status. His works are merely paintings of photos of faces. The overwhelming detail forces us to think not about the subject, but about the image itself- how and why it was made.
Chuck Close Photo-Realism Leslie. 1973 He magnified every blemish and imperfection. His early work was created using an airbrush, as to mimic the mechanical quality of a photograph. The process of creating the painting was equally important to Chuck Close as the finished image.
Chuck Close Photo-Realism Self Portrait. 1991 “I paint heads because heads matter to everybody. If you paint a face big enough, it’s hard to ignore.” “My real subjects are not people, I paint portraits of photographs” “If you make something new and personal, it may not look like art at all.” Self Portrait 1991
Chuck Close Photo-Realism Keith Uses a grid to enlarge the photos onto the canvas. Frontal head posed in almost a passport-photo view Unsmiling lips and dead-pan eyes. Used several different media to create his portraits: Airbrush, Fingerprints, Crayon, Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint, Pencil, Pen, Paper Collage, Keith
Mark (1978 - 1979), acrylic on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Detail at right of eye. Mark, a painting that took Close fourteen months to complete, was constructed from a series of airbrushed layers that imitated CMYK color printing..CMYK color printing
Lucas (1986 - 1987), acrylic on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York,. Detail at right of eye. The pencil grid and thin undercoat of blue is visible beneath the splotchy "pixels." The painting's subject is fellow artist Lucas Samaras.
“I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a head, with fewer dots, but you won't be able to give much information about who it is.”
Art 1 Objectives: Students will. 1. Show an understanding and awareness of the work of Chuck Close. Understand how an artist gets ideas. 2. Use ruler skills in creating a grid - develop skills in enlarging a composition using a grid. Study proportion. 3. Recognize values and create values using line, pattern and simulated textures. Develop Contrast through values.
Art 2 Objectives: Students will. 1. Show an understanding and awareness of the work of Chuck Close. Understand how an artist gets ideas. 2. Use ruler skills in creating a grid - develop skills in enlarging a composition using a grid. Study proportion. 3. Recognize values and create values using line, pattern and simulated textures. Develop Contrast through values. Students will translate value into color in the creation of a portrait (or image) in the style of Chuck Close. Students will enlarge an image using a grid (math correlation)
Forsyth Country Day School Teacher: Rebecca Stone-Danahy Emily Branch; 4GKs; Portfolio, Art, Grade 12