On Valentine's Day 1953, LA native Don Bachardy (age 18) and internationally recognized British author Christopher Isherwood (age 48) began a relationship that would last thirty-three years, until Isherwood's death in 1986. A film about their life together, Chris & Don: A Love Story, was released in 2008. Their home in Santa Monica Canyon was a salon for the local artworld and a mecca for artists, writers and composers visiting from abroad. Early on, Bachardy developed exceptional drawing skills and for the past 50+ years he has made portraits from life (never from photographs) becoming one of the most recognized portrait artists of our time. Previous exhibitions at Craig Krull Gallery have focused on his Self-Portraits (Jan/Feb 2010) and his Portraits of L.A. Artists (Sept/Oct 2011). The exhibition opening in Sept 2013, entitled Literary Figures, will feature 18 portraits of authors such as Aldous Huxley, William Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, James Baldwin, Ray Bradbury, and Annie Proulx. Each of these portraits was signed by the subject, and in fact, the Allen Ginsberg portrait includes a hand-written poem that Ginsberg composed while looking out the window at the Pacific Ocean during the sitting.
Complementing the literary theme of this exhibition, the gallery's foyer will feature works from Danae Falliers' series, Library. These color photographs of books on shelves are subtly manipulated so that the books, though still identifiable as books, become slightly blurred, linear, geometric abstractions.
Danae Falliers, library39(physics), 2013, archival pigment print, 21 x 28", edition of 5