The famous artist, a representative of the direction of “photorealism,” Chuck Close, died in a hospital in the American city of Oceanside (New York) at the age of 81, the New York Times newspaper reports.

Close’s lawyer, John Silberman, confirmed the fact of the artist’s death to the newspaper.

The newspaper notes that Close became famous for his large-scale portraits. In the late 1960s, he used a spray gun and diluted black paint to create highly detailed paintings nine feet tall (274.32 centimeters) based on close-up photos. His first and one of the most famous works was a self-portrait, in which the artist is depicted with a smoking cigarette in his mouth and disheveled hair.

Close’s works include portraits of former US President Bill Clinton, artist Joe Zucker, sculptor Richard Serra, and composer Philip Glass.

In 2017, several women who previously worked with Close accused him of sexual harassment against them at various times from 2005 to 2013.

Also, in 2017, Close, as part of the Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanity, signed a letter in which members of the committee who disagree with the rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that he resign.

In 1988, Close was paralyzed from the neck down due to the destruction of the spinal artery. During rehabilitation, he began to restore the mobility of his hands and learned to draw using brushes tied to his hand.