I admire those in creative industries for their drive to take the leap of faith into the unforgiving independent world of art. It takes some Cojones to take that chance and to utilize your art for sustenance. One of those champions is Chuck Close, an American painter and photographer that has been doing his own thing for most of his life. Despite suffering severe permanent paralysis in the late 1980s, he is determined to create and tweak his craft, stating that “I always try to be a different artist than I was the year before.”
If you leisurely happen upon East Hampton this summer, his works will be on exhibit at Guild Hall starting August 10. His focus has been on human faces ranging from the Average Joe to POTUS Obama. The nature of his photography is intriguing as it captures the simple being of the subject. My favorites are the pixilated sketches and watercolors that captivate the eye. Such photorealism can fit into various design realms, from the modern hipster to the glam traditionalist. Instituting such art demands that it be allowed to stand on its own. Don’t worry about matching it with the space because with faces like some of his subjects, no help is needed.