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Chuck Close

Chuck Close

Chuck Close creates large realistic portraits using small squares of color to show the features of the face. His techniques led him to a great deal of fame in the 1960s and by the 1970s, Close’s work was shown in the world’s finest galleries, and he was widely considered one of America’s best contemporary artists. He was born July 5, 1940, in Washington State. His parents where artistic and showed a lot of support for his creative interests. He still paints today.

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Biography Task

Use the links below to gather facts about Chuck Close and compose a brief biography about the artist. Create a slide in your Google Portfolio that addresses the following questions, work to compose complete sentences from the information you gather, exemplar work would feature the research in at least 2 complete paragraphs.

  • What are the general facts about Chuck Close’s life, birth date, birth place, parents and family life?
  • What information can you find about his childhood? What challenges did he face as a child?
  • What colleges did the artist attend, when did he attend, what did he study?
  • While at Yale, what was Close’s signature style?
  • Who were some of the famous people Chuck Close painted?
  • What happened to Chuck Close in 1988?
  • How did Chuck Close continue to work in his new condition?
  • How did these events effect the look of his work his work?
  • What award or honors did Chuck Close receive?
  • How would you describe his paintings, how would you describe does his style?
  • What are the distinguishing characteristics of her artwork?

 

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