Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chuck Close

This past Friday night I went and saw Chuck Close at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I was gonna include this in my earlier post about the weekend, but thought it deserved it's own post! He was amazing. Chuck Close is an american portraiture painter. But his portraits aren't like others, they are massive and most done along a grid. See, if you look up close you can see the detail in each box that makes up the face.
You can also notice the scale, see how big his painting is compared to those people?
Chuck Close (on the right) on Friday night.
Not only is his work amazing, but his story is as well. While growing up he had a learning disability, and struggled throughout school. He also has prosopagnosia (don't ask me how to pronounce that!) which is basically face blindness. He has trouble recognizing people's faces, yet he paints them with incredible accuracy. And as if that wasn't enough to juggle, about 20 years ago he had a seizure which left him paralyzed from the waist down. He is in a wheelchair, and that is why in the above picture you see him with the paintbrush strapped onto his hand.

One last note, if you live anywhere near the Richmond area you should go see his exhibit at The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. These pictures don't do it justice. But go before November 14th!!

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