Framing not included
- Pigment Print
- Edition Size:
- 52.0 x 39.0 cm (20.4 x 15.3 in)
- Signed and numbered
About the Artwork
Chuck Close is widely known for his painterly process of using abstraction to a realistic end. Gridding both a source photograph and a canvas, Close paints brightly-colored concentric rings that up close look like simple color fields, but from afar turn out to be very detailed portraits.
“I approach all subjects the same. Of course I can’t collaborate with a flower the same way I can with a human, but there is an inherent sensuality in a flower that relates to the nudes, and the close-up details of the flowers are equally revelatory.”
In this intricately detailed picture, the artist displays his technical mastery of the camera, capturing the sunflower in a finely balanced play of light. This is a flower as seen by a bee, with its center deep, inviting and overwhelming. This presumably innocent subject, a sunflower, has a disheveled luxuriance and a thrill of sex, which make it very unlike the traditional imagery of still life subjects. In Close´s flowers pictures, the erotic energy is myopic as the imagery seems to have emerged from the sense of touch more than from vision.
About the Artist
Chuck Close (1940, Monroe, Washington) is renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. Since the late 1960s the artist has been concentrating on portraiture and the human face in painting and photography and is one of the most celebrated artists working today.
About the printing Technique
The term "pigment print" is used generally for any type of printed image that uses strictly pigments. Pigments can be either on a mineral basis or they can be an artificial product. The image stability of pigment printing is superior to that of any other method of printing.