Portraits and Abstractions

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Richard Sassin, 2007 Acrylic On Paper 23 X 29 In © Courtesy Craig Krull Gallery
Portraits and Abstractions

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave. Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
April 5th, 2008 - May 10th, 2008
Opening: April 12th, 2008 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

santa monica/venice
Tue-Fri 10-5:30; Sat 11-5:30


Craig Krull Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of portraits and abstractions by legendary L.A. artist, Don Bachardy. Recognized for his extraordinarily deft, fluid, and graphically concise portraits, Bachardy has rendered such figures as Aldous Huxley, Anais Nin, and Dorothy Parker, as well as the official portrait of Governor Jerry Brown, which hangs in the California State Capitol. A native of Los Angeles, Bachardy met his lifetime partner, author Christopher Isherwood, in 1953 with whom he remained until Isherwood’s death in 1986. In 2005, Bachardy was given a retrospective exhibition of his portraits at the Huntington Library, which also owns the complete archives of Isherwood. Commenting on his approach to portraiture, Bachardy said, “…I have obeyed my early, instinctive urge to complete each work I do in a single sitting. The departure of my sitter is like the breaking of a spell. I never alter any detail of the work I’ve done once the sitting has ended.” The exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will include new portrait paintings on paper, but will also mark the first exhibition of Bachardy’s recent abstract work. The patterns, stripes and drips began as backgrounds upon which portraits were painted, but Bachardy soon found the pure abstraction to be a unique pleasure independent of previous artistic concerns. “It is a luxury,” he said, “not to be dependent on a live sitter.”