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Chuck Close in 2009
Charles Thomas Close

(1940-07-05)July 5, 1940
Died August 19, 2021(2021-08-19) (aged 81)
Nationality American
Education B.A., University of Washington, 1962; M.F.A., Yale University
Known for Photorealistic painter, photographer
Spouse(s) Leslie Rose, Sienna Shields

Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close (July 5, 1940 – August 19, 2021) was an American painter, artist and photographer.

Early life

Close was born in Monroe, Washington. He was raised in Everett, Washington. Close studied at the University of Washington and at Yale University. He suffered from dyslexia.


Close achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Close often paints abstract portraits of himself and others, which hang in collections internationally. Although a spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Close also creates photo portraits using a very large format camera.

Personal life

Close worked in Bridgehampton, New York and Long Beach, New York. He had two daughters with Leslie Rose. They divorced in 2011.

Close married artist Sienna Shields in 2013. They divorced before his death.

Close was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2015. He died on August 19, 2021 in Oceanside, New York from congestive heart failure at the age of 81.


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