Chuck close reinvented painting with his monumental portraits rendered with exquisite exacting realism from photographic sourcesplaying with ideas of scale color and form close has become famous for his rigorous gridded application of individual color squares which although abstract up close form unified highly realistic images from afar. Chuck close is globally renowned for reinvigorating the art of portrait painting from the late 1960s to the present day an era when photography had been challenging paintings former dominance in this area and succeeding in steadily gaining critical appreciation as an artistic medium in its own right chuck close work by christopher . Chuck close and kiki smith have revitalized the ancient art of tapestry making by turning their digital work into textiles using computerised jacquard looms now on display at the foundry vineyards in walla walla washington
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