Chuck Close

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Chuck Thomas Close (born July 5, 1940, in Monroe, Washington) is an American painter and photographer. He achieved fame as a photorealist through his portraits on a massive scale.


  • I always thought that inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work. You sign onto a process and see where it takes you. You don't have to invent the wheel every day. Today you'll do what you did yesterday and tomorrow you'll do what you did today. Eventually you'll get somewhere. Every great idea I ever had grew out of work itself. If you’re going to wait a around for the clouds to open up and lightning to strike you in the brain you’re not going to make an awful lot of work. [1][2]

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