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Journal #7 Chuck Close Video Chuck Close was born on July 5, 1940 in Monroe, Washington. In 1962 he received his B.A. from the University of Washington. Close is a photorealist artist, making large scale portraits of photos. Close attended graduate school at Yale receiving his MFA in 1964. After Yale, Close spent time living in Europe. Upon his return, he worked as an art teacher at the University of Massachusetts. In 1988 Close had a spinal artery collapse making him a quadriplegic. Close continued to paint despite his disability. His paintings became more abstract. From a distance they resemble his early work, but up close they are pixilated swirls over a pencil grid. His work reflects American culture because photorealism became popular in the late 1960’s and early 70’s. It reflects the counter culture of the time. Close also reflects
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Unformatted text preview: American culture with his never say no attitude. After his accident his work evolved to incorporate different materials. He painted with the brush in his mouth or strapped to his arm. He began to use air brushes, razor blades, rags and even a n eraser mounted on a power drill. He began painting in a new style as opposed to all his early work being photorealism. I really enjoy the work of Chuck Close. I like his later work better than his early photorealistic work. It amazes me that after such a horrible accident, he continues to do what he loves and is still very good at it. I like they way he blends the color to make the big paintings because up close they seem to resemble nothing but from afar make sense to the eye....
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