Chuck close is on my top 5 list of inspirational artists. I love his giant photo-realist portraits, as well as his deconstructive technique, and the way that you can see the progression of his styles through the years.
Nine feet high!
I was fortunate to be able to see some of his giant portraits at the MoMA in New York City years ago. Of course, it was indescribably amazing.
I see his work as a form of pointilism, although it’s not dots. (Maybe there is a name for it). I used the same technique with layered rods of glass when I made beads, and later when I made glass micro-mosaics and murrini.
I love the process of letting the brain puzzle out images made up of colors laid next to each other, which I guess is what most of painting is about, right?