Chuck Close renowned photorealist painter, dies at age 81
huck Close, the artist whose colossal photorealist paintings
captivated audiences, passed away on Thursday. He was 81 years old when he died.
Close died in a hospital in Oceanside, New York, according to his lawyer, John Silberman.
The reason of his death has not been revealed.
In 2017 and 2018, several women who had worked with Close claimed he harassed them
while on the job, and at least one of his exhibits was cancelled as a consequence.
“If I humiliated anybody or made them feel uncomfortable, I am sincerely sorry,” Close said.
Close’s work was seen at subway stations and high-end art installations all throughout the five boroughs.
In 2017, he stated of his subway art, “It’s really no different from putting an exhibition in a gallery or a museum.”
Close was left partly paralysed when a vertebral artery collapsed in 1988.
He painted throughout the remainder of his life while confined to a wheelchair.
Close, who was known for his candour, characterised his continued career as an unwillingness to adapt.
In 1999, he told the Daily News, “It demonstrates how narrow I am.”
“I didn’t have any other abilities to fall back on.”
Close’s “one talent,” on the other hand,
got him into museums all over the globe and won him the respect of customers and artists alike.
His “Big Self-Portrait” launched his career as a painter of massive portraits of himself and others.
Close said that he prefers to portray friends and other individuals who are less well-known.
When seen from a distance or in tiny catalogues,
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.