Portraits of L.A. Artists
Don Bachardy was born in Los Angeles in 1936 and has been painting portraits of film stars, literary figures, government officials and the art world since the early 1950s. His work has resulted in almost a dozen books, including Stars In My Eyes, 70 x 1 and Christopher Isherwood: Last Drawings. In 2005 The Huntington Library presented a solo exhibition of Bachardyʼs work, six years after their acquisition of his partner Christopher Isherwoodʼs archives. His works are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution. Bachardyʼs upcoming exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery will feature portraits made over the last 40 years of artists from Southern California, including Peter Alexander, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Robert Irwin, Ed Moses, and Ed Ruscha. Bachardy will also be included in corresponding Pacific Standard Time exhibitions, including “Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center” organized by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and “Cruising the Archive: Four Decades of Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles” at ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.