HOLLYWOOD: New Monograph Reveals Work of Portrait Artist Don Bachardy

Hollywood is the highly anticipated monograph of celebrated portrait artist Don Bachardy, with a Preface written by Armistead Maupin. With more than 300 original paintings and drawings, this stunning collection features the most famous actors and influential figures in Hollywood including directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, costumers, producers, and agents.

As the longtime partner of English novelist Christopher Isherwood, Bachardy had early access to Hollywood’s elite. Bette Davis, Ian McKellen, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Katherine Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Jack Nicholson, Brooke Shields, and Patrick Swayze are rendered in the most sublime way, with bold strokes of blue, vivid splashes of pink and red, or featherlike pencil and bold charcoal sketches.

A lifelong Hollywood native, Bachardy has been capturing stars for over five decades, always working with live sitters and never from photographs. Bachardy captures his sitter’s essence as he focuses on elements such as personality, physique, mood, and color. Curated by the artist himself, most of the portraits have never-before been seen and will captivate art and film aficionados alike.

About the Author

American portrait artist Don Bachardy was born in Los Angeles in 1934. He studied art at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. Bachardy’s drawings and paintings are in the collections of many major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the de Young, San Francisco; the Fogg Museum, Cambridge, MA; the Smithsonian, Washington D.C.; and the National Portrait Gallery, London. He has published nine books of drawings, including two collaborations with Christopher Isherwood. Bachardy resides in Santa Monica, California, in the home he shared with the late English novelist Christopher Isherwood for over three decades.

About Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin is an American writer, born in 1944 who, famously, in 1976, launched his groundbreaking Tales of the City serial in the San Francisco Chronicle. Maupin is the author of nine novels with HarperCollins, including the six-volume Tales of the City series and, most recently, Michael Tolliver Lives. Three miniseries were made from the first three Tales novels, and his novel The Night Listener became a feature film starring Robin Williams and Toni Collette. Maupin lives in San Francisco with his husband, Christopher Turner.

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