Chuck Close….Not a smooth-faced pretty boy

“I think if I had been one of those smooth-faced pretty boys, I would not have done a lot of self-portraits. I don’t think it would have been very interesting.
– Chuck Close – interview by Siri Engberg for the Walker RetrospectiveNavigating the Self

What compels him to “paint” “draw” “photograph” his own portrait – to create at such a scale and time consuming technique to create these “facescapes”….Fascinating.