He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Chuck Close is an American painter, born in Monroe, Washington in 1940. His parents, Leslie and Mildred Close, were both teachers. He has three sisters: Joyce, Janet and Marcia. Close began drawing at an early age and showed an early interest in art. He attended the University of Washington, where he studied art and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962. After graduation, he moved to New York City and began his career as a painter.
Close is best known for his large-scale portraits, which he began painting in the late 1960s. His portraits are characterized by their close-up, highly detailed style. He has painted portraits of many famous people, including President Bill Clinton, artist Andy Warhol, and writer Philip Roth. Close has also created a series of self-portraits, which he has been working on since the 1970s.
In 1988, Close was paralyzed from the neck down after suffering a spinal artery collapse. He has since regained some use of his arms and hands, and has continued to paint using a special brush strapped to his wrist.
Close has been married twice. His first wife was artist Sylvia Plimack Mangold, with whom he had two children: Georgia and Lucas. His second wife is artist Mary Jo Baumgartner. He has four children with Baumgartner: Daisy, Elliott, Olivia, and William.
Close has an estimated net worth of $35 million.
Actor, Photographer, Film director, Visual Artist
Yale University, Yale School of Art, University of Washington
Leslie Rose, Sienna Shields
Mildred Wagner Close, Leslie Durward Close
World Press Photo Award for People
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