Chuck Close at the MCA

Exhibition/Gallery visits

Chuck Close – Prints, Process and Collaboration

Chuck Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale intricate patterned portraits. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he continues to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Lives and works in New York.

I was glad to see the exhibition in Sydney today as it reminded me of studying his work for the first time during my A Levels. One of the things that intrigues me most about Close’s work is how he works from ridged grids but is able to capture an abstract nature in the way he applies the medium.

It was very interesting to see the developmental works of his large scale prints. I was surprised by the amount of different mediums he has worked with. Particularly his work where he compresses different shades of paper pulp (from white to black) into a metal grid to create a portrait. Close paints uses both hands on the brush.

MCA Review of Chuck Close РPrints, Process and Collaboration

20 Nov 2014 -15 March 2015



I have been busy sketching recently and thought I would start editing them digitally using Adobe Illustrator. I love the freedom I have in choosing colour and layout. I like the idea of creating everyday observational drawings which I then combine in Illustrator to create one overlapped image of drawings.
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