is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1961 he won a coveted scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and the following year entered the graduate degree program at Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1964. Though a catastrophic spinal artery collapse in 1988 left him severely paralyzed, he has continued to paint and produce work that remains sought after by museums and collectors. Close currently lives and works on the south shore of Long Island, New York and New York’s West Village and in Bridgehampton, New York.
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