Chuck Close is an American painter respected for his photorealist portraits. All through his career, he has repeatedly proved to be versatile. He never sticks to one technique of painting and keeps on inventing new ways. His airbrush technique was so unique that it inspired the development of the present day ink jet printer. He started off by re-creating Polaroid of women on large canvases. He was soon popular among the masses and he painted the portrait of some of the most famous personalities including former President Bill Clinton. His portrait of composer Philip Glass continues to be the most notable work of his career. This abstract painter suffers from a neurological disorder called face blindness, which prevents him from recognizing faces. The inspiring thing is that this medical condition couldn’t stop him from drawing perfect portraits of faces. His career has witnessed various wall-size tapestry portraits which have proved his mettle as an artist. A spinal artery collapse in 1988 that left him critically paralyzed could not deter his passion for painting and till date he expresses his thoughts through his work, life and paintings which are sought after by collectors and museums. Let is browse through inspiring thoughts and quotes by Chuck Close which will incite you about life.
Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.
I wanted to translate from one flat surface to another. In fact, my learning disabilities controlled a lot of things. I don't recognize faces, so I'm sure it's what drove me to portraits in the first place.
A face is a road map of someone's life. Without any need to amplify that or draw attention to it, there's a great deal that's communicated about who this person is and what their life experiences have been.
There are so many artists that are dyslexic or learning disabled, it's just phenomenal. There's also an unbelievably high proportion of artists who are left-handed, and a high correlation between left-handedness and learning disabilities.
I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.
I discovered about 150 dots is the minimum number of dots to make a specific recognizable person. You can make something that looks like a head, with fewer dots, but you won't be able to give much information about who it is.
You know, the way art history is taught, often there's nothing that tells you why the painting is great. The description of a lousy painting and the description of a great painting will very much sound the same.
Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience.
Photography is the easiest medium with which to be merely competent. Almost anybody can be competent. It's the hardest medium in which to have some sort of personal vision and to have a signature style.
I think I was driven to paint portraits to commit images of friends and family to memory. I have face blindness, and once a face is flattened out, I can remember it better.
If the bottom dropped out of the market and the artist was not going to sell anything, he or she will keep working, and the dealer will keep trying to find some way to convince somebody to buy this stuff.
I'm not by nature a terribly intuitive person; I need to build a situation in which I will behave more intuitively, and that has really changed the life of my work - I found a way to trick myself into being intuitive.
In the 7th grade, I made a 20-foot long mural of the Lewis and Clark Trail while we were studying that in history because I knew I wasn't going to be able to spit back the names and the dates and all that stuff on a test.
Neurologically, I'm a quadriplegic, so virtually everything about my work has been driven by my learning disabilities, which are quite severe, and my lack of facial recognition, which I'm sure is what drove me to paint portraits in the first place.
I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings.