Chuck Close is an American photorealistic painter and photographer. Most of his works are very large portraits based on photographs. His work was first exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art in early 1973. He has often returned to the same photos to paint over and over again with different techniques.
After a spinal artery collapse, Close painted with a brush held between his teeth, creating mini-portraits in grid squares created by an assistant. From a distance, these squares appear as a single, unified image. Eventually he managed to recover some movement in his arm and legs, and now paints with a brush strapped to his hand. Close’s work titled “Kiki”, completed in 1993, took about four months to complete.