Sandy Nairne portrait at NPG is by American artist Chuck Close

By Mark Brown

Portrait of former director of National Portrait Gallery will be first big work by Close to enter public collection in UK

A huge portrait of the former director of the National Portrait Gallery, Sandy Nairne, is to be the first important work by American artist Chuck Close to enter a public collection in Britain.

Close is one of America's most influential portrait artists, known for his gigantic mosaic-patterned works, which he paints from photographs.

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Source: Sandy Nairne portrait at NPG is by American artist Chuck Close