Chuck Close : Family, Net Worth, Parents, Wife, Children and Cause of Death

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Name Chuck Close
Birthdate ( Age) 5 July 1940
Place of Birth Monroe, Washington, United States
Nationality American
Marital Status  Married
Spouse/Partner Leslie Rose (m. ?–2011)
Children Maggie Sarah, Georgia Molly
Parents Leslie Durward Close, Mildred Wagner Close
Profession American painter, visual artist, and photographer
Net Worth $3 million
Last Update August 2021

Charles Thomas Close was an American painter, visual artist, and photographer. He made massive-scale photorealist portraits. Close often painted abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Close also created photo portraits using a very large format camera.

He adapted his painting style and working methods in 1988, after being paralyzed by a spinal artery collapse. He died on August 19, 2021.

Early Life and Family

Chuck Close was born in Monroe, Washington.His father, Leslie Durward Close, died when Chuck was eleven years old. His mother’s name was Mildred Wagner Close.As a child, Close had a neuromuscular condition that made it difficult to lift his feet and a bout with nephritis that kept him out of school for most of sixth grade.

Even when in school, he did poorly due to his dyslexia, which was not diagnosed at the time.Most of his early works were very large portraits based on photographs, using Photorealism or Hyperrealism, of family and friends, often other artists. He suffered from prosopagnosia (face blindness), and has suggested that this condition is what first inspired him to do portraits.

Chuck Close Wife

Close marry twice. He has two daughters with Leslie Rose.They divorced in 2011.Close married artist Sienna Shields in 2013. They later divorced.

Chuck Close Net Worth

Charles Thomas Close was an American painter, visual artist, and photographer. He made massive-scale photorealist portraits who has an estimated Net Worth of between $3 million in 2021. 

Professional Career

Throughout his career, Close expanded his contribution to portraiture through the mastery of such varied drawing and painting techniques as ink, graphite, pastel, watercolor, conté crayon, finger painting, and stamp-pad ink on paper; printmaking techniques, such as Mezzotint, etching, woodcuts, linocuts, and silkscreens; as well as handmade paper collage, Polaroid photographs, daguerreotypes, and Jacquard tapestries.His early airbrush techniques inspired the development of the ink jet printer.

Close had been known for his skillful brushwork as a graduate student at Yale University. There, he emulated Willem de Kooning and seemed “destined to become a third-generation abstract expressionist, although with a dash of Pop iconoclasm”.After a period in which he experimented with figurative constructions, Close began a series of paintings derived from black-and-white photographs of a female nude, which he copied onto canvas and painted in color.

As he explained in a 2009 interview with Cleveland, Ohio’s The Plain Dealer newspaper, he made a choice in 1967 to make art hard for himself and force a personal artistic breakthrough by abandoning the paintbrush. “I threw away my tools”, Close said. “I chose to do things I had no facility with. The choice not to do something is in a funny way more positive than the choice to do something. If you impose a limit to not do something you’ve done before, it will push you to where you’ve never gone before.”One photo of Philip Glass was included in his resulting black-and-white series in 1969, redone with watercolors in 1977, again redone with stamp pad and fingerprints in 1978, and also done as gray handmade paper in 1982.

Close was a printmaker throughout his career, with most of his prints published by Pace Editions, New York.He made his first serious foray into print making in 1972, when he moved himself and family to San Francisco to work on a mezzotint at Crown Point Press for a three-month residency. To accommodate him, Crown Point found the largest copper plate it could (36 inches wide) and purchased a new press, allowing Close to make a work that was 3 feet by 4 feet. In 1986 he went to Kyoto to work with Tadashi Toda, a highly respected woodblock printer.

Close’s first solo exhibition, held in 1967 at the University of Massachusetts Art Gallery, Amherst, featured paintings, painted reliefs, and drawings based on photographs of record covers and magazine illustrations. The exhibition captured the attention of the university administration which promptly closed it, citing the male nudity as obscene. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) came to the defense of Close and a landmark court case ensued.

In 2013, Close’s work was featured in an exhibit in White Cube Bermondsey, London. “Process and Collaboration” displayed not only a number of finished prints and paintings but included plates, woodblocks, and mylar stencils which were used to produce a number of prints.

In December 2014 his work was exhibited in Australia at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, which he visited.In 2016, Close’s work was the subject of a retrospective at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington, where he attended high school and community college.

Close’s work is in the collections of most of the great international museums of contemporary art, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis who published Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967–2005 coauthored with curators Siri Engberg and Madeleine Grynsztejn.