Chuck Close was born on July 5, 1940 and could be regarded as one of the leading artists of the photorealism movement. He originally worked with pastels, but works with many mediums such as: acrylic, photography, and oil paint.
"What difference does it make whether you're looking at a photograph or looking at a still life in front of you? You still have to look." - Chuck Close
"Unfortunately it has been too easy for anybody to take a photograph, trace it, and make a lousy painting. Photorealism, in that sense, has been bastardized. I can sympathize with a lot of people who just reject it outright, because, like anything else, there is so much bad stuff around. I always thought of myself as a Realist painter." - Richard Estes
Richard Estes was born on May 14, 1932. Estes could be regarded as one of the pioneers or"founding fathers" of this movement. He moved to New York where he gained inspiration and then traveled throughout Europe looking at many different cities the country had to offer.
One of Estes' paintings "Double Self-Portrait"
Richard Estes was influenced by the painter Salvador Dali who was a friend of his. Estes was also influenced by the Realism movement as well as the Modern Photography movement. Through his own work Estes has influenced artists such as: Denis Peterson and Malcom Morley. Estes also greatly influenced the Photorealism movement.