Artist Spotlight: Charlie Hanavich
I'm completely and totally obsessed with this guy's work. Not only is it incredible and fascinating, but he draws his inspiration from my all-time favorite artist, Chuck Close. I studied Close for a summer when I lived in New York, traveling all over the city to see his work in museums and galleries, trying to learn as much about his art as I could. This artist, Charlie Hanavich, is also a huge fan of Close's, and his latest series, the CH Grid Series, represents a stunning twist on Close's techniques of shape and color in portraiture.
That summer I tried out Close's style myself to see how his style is actually executed, experimenting with bright colors and letting abstraction take over to create a stunning realistic portrait according to his rules. Through that project, I learned how much intense work and preparation is required to know which colors are appropriate and best for which parts of the painting, and to make sure to be able to see the overall image even when breaking it down into tiny parts.
Hanavich works in the same grid style as Close, achieving a similar effect, but in a different way. He uses tape to mark off the grid, so that when he layers paint on top of the grid, what's showing underneath will be revealed once the last layer is complete and the lines will be clean and crisp. His process is always evolving and changing, but his final pieces always hold his signature look.
He offers his work as commissions and now his work resides in homes and commercial spaces nationally and internationally.