Chuck Close created the portraits by compiling and interweaving Polaroids of the president from an hour-long photo shoot.
Mr. Close is partially paralyzed and has been confined to a wheel chair since 1988.
Artist Chuck Close is seated in his wheel chair in front of a his jacquard tapestry portrait of Barack Obama.
The portraits are nearly 8 feet tall and more than 6 feet wide, with the final piece looking like photos but feeling like textiles.
The artist didn’t say how he managed to make Mr. Obama’s ears so much smaller and closer to his head.
Was it rick photography or super glue?