To say someone is a print artist does not really do them justice. The term is inadequately vague and does not give a clear indication of what the artist actually does. There a many different types of techniques used, from relief work to stencils to etchings, and it forms a vast and varied range of work.
The Washington born printmaker, Chuck Close, has been fascinated with the subject for over forty years, and has used just about every technique imaginable. These include woodcuts, tapestries, copper-plate engravings, and the antiquated form of mezzotints, which uses different gradients of light and dark, and has not been widely used for over a hundred years.
Close is best known for his large scale paintings, but it is his small prints that will be the focus of his latest exhibition at the White Cube in Bermondsey.Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration is part of a touring exhibit, and displays the over a hundred-and-fifty prints made during his career. The collection includes self-portraits and recycled photographs of his family and friends, which have been manipulated to reduce the depth of field. Close describes the prints as 'a sharp focus data within a sandwich of blur'.