For ages 8 and up. This fascinating, interactive biography presents the story of painter Chuck Close, one of the most-recognized American artists of our time, known for his large-scale portraits of friends, fellow artists, and himself. The book's question-and-answer format uses questions that real kids have asked about Close’s life, work, methods, and philosophy. (For instance, he believes that "inspiration is for amateurs. Artists just show up and get to work. Every idea occurs while you are working.") Close, who is wheelchair-bound and paints with a brush strapped to his arm, discusses the nephritis that rendered him bedridden at the age of eleven, the severe dyslexia and face blindness he has also struggled with since childhood, and the collapsed spinal artery that left him paralyzed from the waist down at the age of forty-eight. The book also includes an engaging mix-and-match section, which allows the reader to create new faces using interesting combinations of Close’s techniques and images. .
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