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Transcript of Chuck Close
1940 - Present
Close's dyslexia caused him to struggle in most areas of school.
Close's parent's were supportive of the idea of him being an artist.
Close's teachers told him that he should not go to college.
Late 1960's: Large-scale photo-realistic portraits.
His neuromuscular condition prevented him from playing sports.
When Close was 11 years old, his father died and his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Due to a kidney infection, Close was in bed for a year. This is when he developed a love for painting.
They advised him to consider trade school because he was talented with his hands.
Close attended the University of Washington and earned his MFA at Yale.
"If you are overwhelmed by the size of a problem, break it down into many bite-sized pieces."
Portraiture helped him cope with face- blindness.
1988: "The Event"
Close suffered the sudden rupture of a spinal artery. This left him almost entirely paralyzed.
Through physical therapy, he regained partial use of his limbs.
Straps paintbrush to his wrist
"There is no artist alive working today who gets more pleasure day in and day out, year in and year out, than I do. Period. None."
Aided by assistant and rotating easel