Close's enjoyment of the physical interaction between artist and material gave him a particular affinity for working in the fingerprint method. Criticized by some as a kitschy version of an art already informed by Pop, the unsophisticated technique, so reminiscent of child's play, seems doubly appropriate for this informal, yet subtly monumental portrait of the artist's most famous subject - Philip Glass. The numerous, individual touches of oil pigment gradually creating the appearance of supple flesh lends to the painting a sense of intimacy so appropriate to the underlying relationship between artist and his chosen subject. Reproduced using screen prints for this edition, Close was able to capture the wonderful detail and essence of the original.
Created in 2009, this screen print is hand-signed by Chuck Close in pencil in the lower margin and numbered from the edition of 80. The work is floated in a white-washed maple frame.