Close/Kitson

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Whilst having a ponderful wander around Art.sy* in my best cravat and beret, I stumbled upon this fantastic 1978 Chuck Close† painting that I hadn't seen before: Self Portrait / White Ink. Is it just me, or does that look an awful lot like one Daniel Kitson‡? Is there some long lost shared heritage between the two? Or do all men with beards and specs just end up looking the same? Really, the crux of the matter is this: should I grow a beard?

* If you're not familiar with Art.sy, you're missing out.
 
† If you're not familiar with the work of Chuck Close, you're missing out.
 
‡ If you're not familiar with the mirthful stylings of Daniel Kitson, you're missing out.