Ingenious and immense, the artwork of Chuck Close rivals the detail, clarity and realism of photography. Working from photographic stills, the American painter creates huge, strikingly lifelike portraits. Stricken with a collapsed spinal artery in 1988, Close suffered almost complete paralysis. He endured months of rehabilitation, regained partial mobility in his right hand, and resumed painting with a brush strapped to his fingers. His distinctive technique involves overlaying a photo with a grid, and filling each cell with tiny spots of color, forming an image that—at a distance—appears identical to a photograph.