Art 1 – Chuck Close “breaking it down into pieces” due Thurs. Jan. 28


For this week’s homework SKETCH, spend one hour completing the tonal value studies of the eye and mouth that we started in class.

For your sketchbook NOTES, respond to the following:

In his career as a painter of colossal portraits, Chuck Close (American, b. 1940) has used the grid method as a formal structure in his work. In his early years as a Hyper-realist, Close hid the grid with paint. In his later work, the grid becomes an essential part of his paintings.

1. Consider the significance of Close’s grid technique in both his photorealist and new style of painting. What is your response to both stylistic approaches?

2. In Close’s more recent work, describe how the viewer’s attention can shift from surface pattern to the overall image.

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