Happy Saturday to all. As I’ve mentioned before, I am an art + design major here and Butler. I absolutely love being an art major, and am in two art classes this semester. One of these classes is painting.
Last week in my painting class, we looked at work by an artist named Chuck Close. I learned briefly about Close in one of my art classes first semester last year, so I was glad to see more work by him in painting. Close is an American painter and photographer widely known for his photo-realistic large-scale portraits. Close’s paintings are huge, and many of them are so realistic, you’d swear you’re looking at a photograph.
In addition to his hyper-realistic paintings, Close also follows a grid pattern to create more large portraits made up of different colors and shapes. Even these portraits with abstracted shapes and colors still look fairly realistic, and that just blows my mind. Close is also partially paralyzed due to a spinal artery collapse, so he compensates by strapping the paintbrush to his wrist, painting in a wheelchair, and having his canvas fit through a hole in the floor on pulley system that mechanically adjusts what part of the canvas he can reach. How incredible is that?!
I’m such a huge fan of Close’s work, and I am so incredibly inspired that he still paints despite his injury. Here’s a video of him explaining a bit of his work, but be sure to check out more of him on his website.
Have an A+ weekend and thanks for reading