the massive pieces were indistinguishable from photos, but up close, their intricacy came alive.
Close said he purposefully made things more difficult for himself.
In 1999, Close stated, “Ease is the enemy of the artist.” “It’s very simple to simply ‘perform’ when you don’t experience opposition.
‘ I constantly alter the variables.”
He was born in Monroe, Washington, a tiny town approximately 25 miles northeast of Seattle, on July 5, 1940. He studied painting at the University of Washington before going to Yale for his master’s degree.
In 1969, he sold his first big painting, “The Big Self-Portrait,” which was followed by many additional self-portraits and paintings of others. His “large” paintings become staples in galleries all over the globe.
Close’s work was also shown in unusual places in New York,
the most renowned of which is the 86th Street station on the Upper East Side. He was especially pleased when his artwork was used as cab tops.
“It seems to be quite great to me. In 2011, he told the New York Daily News, “Eyes drifting down the street.” “You have no idea what you’re looking at. “Why is it there?” I hope it piques their interest.
Close started shooting professional photos of nudes of men and women after years of producing paintings so exquisite that many mistook them for photographs.