Click headlines for more
- "Meet This Years 'Prime Time 25'" The Advocate
His latest book, Hollywood, published in November of this year, includes over 300 works, from his subtle pencil-on-paper explorations to his bold-stroked, fauvist color paintings. Included is a galaxy of stars and cultural icons from the last century as well as some new millennium personalities. Interspersed like palate cleansers are his delightful abstracts, which come as a Zen-like surprise. The sheer number of famous people Bachardy has painted is hard to believe. And he has been gathering these portraits and autographs for 50 years.
- "The Enduring Love and Exquisite Observations of Don Bachardy" The Advocate
The occasion of this interview is the publication of his latest book, Hollywood (available on Amazon November 1). This much-anticipated monograph includes over 300 works, from his subtle pencil on paper explorations to his bold-stroked, fauvist color paintings. Included is a galaxy of stars and cultural icons from the last century as well as some new millennium personalities. Interspersed like palate cleansers are his delightful abstracts which come as a zen-like surprise. The sheer number of famous people Bachardy has painted is hard to believe. And he has been gathering these portraits and autographs for 50 years.
- "Out100: Don Bachardy" Out
And in Hollywood, an epic monograph of Bachardy’s work, we see his subtle take on celebrity, from a young and buttoned-up Joan Collins to a world-weary Marlene Dietrich. It’s nothing short of a blockbuster.
- "The Enduring Love & Exquisite Observations of Don Bachardy" Out
With his new monograph,Hollywood, Don Bachardy reveals the rigors of observing people and the creation of self.
- "Don Bachardy Puts Honest Face on Fame in Hollywood" LA Times
With the release of Hollywood, Bachardy says he's done his service to this storied town...For the time being, though, he is just happy to see so many of them in Hollywood, which contains the greatest variety of his work of any book. It's a tribute to his age and experience, which has taught him where to look for truth in the quiet moments that pass between him and another human.
- "Gay Legends and Homophobia of Old Hollywood Revealed by Artist Don Bachardy" Queerty
At 80, Don Bachardy has built a body of work that can only be described as staggering. With tremendous detail and nuance, he has drawn or painted the portraits of thousands of people, many of them noteworthy luminaries of the Hollywood star system […] Bachardy’s latest collection, a stunning coffee-table book titled simply Hollywood (Glitterati; $50), features over 300 memorable portraits of various figures from California’s Dream Factory, including Bette Davis, Joan Collins, Katherine Hepburn, Robert Altman, Mia Farrow, Jack Nicholson, Ian McKellen, Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth, among many others.
- "Don Bachardy's Hollywood: Celebrity Portraits and Time Machines" Off-Ramp
The book includes 50 years of Bachardy's unflinching "psychological portraits" of people we're used to seeing in airbrushed headshots. There's Bachardy, looking like what he is: an 80-year-old man — not the talented twink who captured writer Christopher Isherwood's heart in 1953. It's Bachardy's self-portrait of "the artist as an old man," if you will.
- "Don Bachardy: The Stars in his Eyes" W Magazine
Bachardy’s portraits of the industry’s luminaries are collected in two books, 2000’s Stars in My Eyes and 2014’s Hollywood. (An exhibition of work from the latter will be on view January 24 through February 28 at Craig Krull Gallery, in Santa Monica.) I ask him if he feels he’s met young Don’s ambitions. “Oh, I’ve gone further,” he says firmly.
- "Framed: The Best of Bachardy Goes on Display at Craig Krull Gallery" Los Angeles Magazine
This show arrives only a few months after the publication of a large-format art book, titled Hollywood, containing over 300 Bachardy portraits of actors, directors screenwriters, producers and other film industry personalities.
- "Document's Reads: Our Favorite Books from the Past Year" Document Journal
Hollywood, by Don Bachardy explores Bachardy’s wonderfully expressive portraits of some of the largest names in show business including the artist Himself, Christopher Isherwood and Jane Fonda. Up close and personal.
- "Portrait Artist Don Bachardy's Hollywood is a Stunning Collector's Item" Half Full Magazine
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.
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.
- "Book Spotlight: Hollywood" From a Yellow House
In the new book, Hollywood by Don Bachardy, copyright © 2014, published by Glitterati Incorporated GlitteratiIncorporated.com , readers are given an opportunity to enjoy an unguarded look at some of Hollywood's biggest stars of the past and present through a beautiful series of paintings and drawings. Portrait artist Don Bachardy is a life-long Hollywood native and has moved within a community of industry moves and shakers for over five decades. He has had access to some of the legends of Hollywood and in this book he presents many of them in portraits of vibrant color or in beautiful pencil and charcoal sketches.
- "Bachardy Gets Intimate with Titans of Hollywood in New Book" Frontiers Media
- "The Story Behind Jerry Brown's Gubernatorial Portrait" Off-Ramp
- "Hollywood: New Monograph Reveals Work of Portrait Artist Don Bachardy" Artfix Daily
- "Don Bachardy — Hollywood Review" SocialBookshelves.com