Born: Monroe, WA, 1940
Education: Everett Community College, 1958-60
BA, University of Washington, 1962
MFA, Yale University, 1964
Chuck Close is renowned for his highly inventive large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Close was presented with the National Medal of Arts by President Clinton and was appointed by President Obama to serve on The President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. To create his tapestry editions, Close works with Magnolia Editions’ Donald Farnsworth to translate photographic images into digital weave files, read by a customized electronic Dornier loom using 17,800 Italian dyed cotton warp threads. Self Portrait (With Cigarette) revisits the artist’s iconic 1967 painting, Big Self-Portrait.
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