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Mr Hanson


Mr Hanson's portrait is drawn by Felicity (Year 5) in the style of Chuck Close. (You can find out more about the artist at the bottom of this page.)

Mr Hanson is our Site Services Officer. He makes sure school is safe and clean. We asked him some questions to find out more about him:

What was your favourite subject at school?

Definitely PE - I was good at football.

What do you like to do when you're not at school?

I like fishing and gardening, with a bacon butty in my hand!

Chuck Close

American artist Chuck Close (born 1940) is famous for painting giant portrait heads. He’s also well known for facing some big challenges in his life. Growing up, Close had severe learning disabilities that made it difficult for him to read. His talent for drawing and painting helped him to compensate for his academic struggles. He impressed his teachers by creating elaborate art projects to show he really was interested in his school subjects.

Close typically starts with a photograph. Instead of asking someone to sit in front of him while he paints, a slow process that could take days or months, Close takes several photographs of his subject. He then carefully selects one photo. He uses a grid to divide it into smaller units and to maintain the proportional scale between the photo and the much larger canvas. Often applying a grid to the canvas as well, he transfers the image square by square from photo to canvas. It’s an exacting and painstaking process that Close has used throughout his career.