The reduced aptitude of the painter to identify faces

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tends to forget. The reduced aptitude of the painter to identify faces is usually known as the reason for his compulsive translation of faces. Close openly acknowledged his artistic debt to his unusual way of viewing the world. There has been a dramatic irony in Chuck Close’s process of painting an image, which he declared at some time: “I’m interested in portraits of people who are in the arts but not famous.” Today people lack the visual experience since their visual experiences passively occur while watching commercial media. Close's process of painting leads to images that gave a more engaging optical experience for the viewer since it evoked emotions. The process created a certain aesthetic quality and created a dimensional visual language. For instance, the shapes, lines, colors, tones, and textures of the Big Self Portrait by Chuck Close produced a sensation of volumes, space, movement, and light on a flat surface. These elements were combined into striking patterns to denote a real and natural phenomenon that helped in the interpretation of the narrative theme, or create a wholly abstract visual relationship. His choice of mediums and forms created a physical quality and expressive possibility and limitations of such options. The choice of the medium and the form, combined with Chuck's techniques, created a visual image. Chuck was a conceptual artist who frequently expressed his ideas in an engaging, sensual visual experience.
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  • Fall '19
  • Pointillism, Portrait painting

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