September 27, 2011

Chuck Close.

Brad Pitt, February 2009-Photograph on Crane Portfolio Rag Paper

George W. Bush, November 2004-Composite Photo
Emma, 2002- Japanese Style Woodcut

Kate #16, 2005- Pigment Print
Self Portrait, 1967-68- Oil on Canvas

"The remarkable career of artist Chuck Close extends beyond his completed works of art. More than just a painter, photographer, and printmaker, Close is a builder who, in his words, builds "painting experiences for the viewer." Highly renowned as a painter, Close is also a master printmaker, who has, over the course of more than 30 years, pushed the boundaries of traditional printmaking in remarkable ways.

Almost all of Close’s work is based on the use of a grid as an underlying basis for the representation of an image. This simple but surprisingly versatile structure provides the means for "a creative process that could be interrupted repeatedly without…damaging the final product, in which the segmented structure was never intended to be disguised." It is important to note that none of Close's images are created digitally or photo-mechanically. While it is tempting to read his gridded details as digital integers, all his work is made the old-fashioned way—by hand.

Close’s paintings are labor intensive and time consuming, and his prints are more so. While a painting can occupy Close for many months, it is not unusual for one print to take upward of two years to complete. Close has complete respect for, and trust in, the technical processes—and the collaboration with master printers—essential to the creation of his prints. The creative process is as important to Close as the finished product. "Process and collaboration" are two words that are essential to any conversation about Close’s prints. "

*Works Cited


Chuck Close: Man & His Life.

September 27, 2011

1 comment:

  1. The piece of George Bush is awesome! My roommate and I are actually doing a puzzle of the Mona Lisa that is a mosaic of thousands little pictures, just like the Bush one. As a viewer you think it's cool to see a picture like this but when you actually do it it's extremely hard, but the outcome is totally worth it!