Fingerprint Art: Someone’s Grandma

Fanny, finger paint art by Chuck Close (2)

In 1985, artist Chuck Close applied oil paint directly on his fingertips to create a masterful portrait of his grandmother. “By adjusting the amount of pigment and the pressure of his finger on the canvas, Close could achieve a wide range of tonal effects. Typically, he worked from a black and white photograph which he would divide into many smaller units by means of a grid. He then transposed the grid onto a much larger canvas and meticulously reproduced each section of it.” [1]

Fanny, finger paint art by Chuck Close (4)
Fanny, finger paint art by Chuck Close (1) Fanny, finger paint art by Chuck Close (3)
1. "Fanny/Fingerpainting." The National Gallery. Retrieved on October 9th, 2012.

Photos © Chuck Close

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