Chuck Close. American. Born 1940, Monroe WA. Chuck Close is globally renowned for reinvigorating the art of portrait painting from the late 1960's to the present day. Close emerged from the 1970's painting movement of Photorealism which celebrated the mirror-like surface of the photograph. He turned to portraiture, seeing it as a means for exploring unsettling aspects of how self-identity is always a highly constructed composite fiction. His dependence on the grid as a metaphor for his analytical processes suggests that the "whole" is rarely more (or less) than the sum of its parts, is a conceptual equivalent for the camera's serial approach to any given subject. Close has worked with oil and acrylic painting, photography, mezzotint printing, and various additional media. His slow, accumulative processes create images with layers of autonomous shapes and colors that cohere into his subject’s face when viewed from a distance. Often using the large-scale format to exaggerate the more unflattering interpretations of the camera, he has created close-up views that he describes as mug shots. Some of the more unorthodox methods he employs include fingerprinting, the use of pulp paper, and resourcing instant Polaroid, "snapshot" photographs. Auction prices of Close’s large-scale portraits have topped $5million.His self-portrait limited edition sold recently for $68,000. Listings wanted.