After watching the video of Chuck Close and his artwork, I became curious with not only his process but with his life story as well. What stirred this curiosity was his ability to create such amazing and large works of art while being in a wheelchair.
Upon further research into his background, I found out that he is a very accomplished artist and art teacher; graduating from University of Washington in Seattle, attending a summer program at Yale, spending time to study abroad, and finally back to teach art at the University of Massachusetts.
His work is what most intrigued me. Taking photographs and turning them into “larger than life” size paintings that truly resemble the person is an amazing skill. Even though his techniques had to change a bit after his accident that left him paralyzed, the paintings he does still captures that realism of a person on an unreal scale. The abstract feel the paintings have is only on an up-close scale, creating the illusion that the whole painting will remain that way when you look at it from afar. This is, however, not true because when you look at a painting from a distance, your eyes see a complete face.
Chuck Close has (some might say) “mastered” the art of pixelation on two separate levels by achieving this effect in his art.