Chuck Close

Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition > March 2015

Chuck's exhibition at the MCA seriously impacted me. Seeing the fortitude of this artist who has continued to create despite partial paraplegia & learning disabilities. A visionary, who painted photorealism in an abstract era. A meticulous artist who would spend months working on a single piece. He was incredibly experimental & collaborative - creating with paint, traditional Japanese wood carved stamps, mezzotint, tapestries & other mediums - all of them large scale. He pushed the boundaries - having printers made & computer programs designed to print the work in the size he envisaged. And he's so transparent with his processes, disclosing how he achieves his finished product to allow people to better appreciate his work. I definitely left inspired, but then as he's known for having said, "Inspiration is for amateurs..."

β€œThe advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction...”