July 5 – A special Happy Birthday to the great American artist Chuck Close! He was born on July 5, 1940 in Monroe, Washington. He is a wonderful inventive artist who is a painter and photographer. His amazing large scale portrait paintings are powerful. Also his daguerreotype portraits made with expert contemporary daguerreotypist Jerry Spagnoli are very impressive. This was a wonderful collaboration! I first saw his daguerreotype images at the Corcoran in D.C. and was really taken by the portraits frozen in time using electronic flash. He did a wonderful commencement talk at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), which I still remember and found inspiring. He is definitely one of my favorite contemporary artists! Here is a group of “Self portrait daguerreotype” images done in 2000. In 2009 he made a series titled “Tapestries” using some of his daguerreotype portraits. These images are large woven mural-sized textiles made using an electronic Jacquard loom. Charles Thomas “Chuck” Close is 77 today.