Chuck Close

Jim Torok

Brooklyn, New York

Oil on panel, 2008

12.7 x 10.2 cm (5 x 4 in.)

Artist Statement:
When I first came to New York in 1979, one of the first shows I saw was Chuck Close's. Having only seen his paintings in reproduction up to that point, I was struck by how big they were. I had seen them primarily as portraits, but with the large scale, they took on another meaning. I began to think about scale in relation to portraiture. Later I figured out how to do the small miniature portraits that I currently do. Years ago, after we met, I asked him if he would pose for photos to do a portrait, and he was kind enough to agree.

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