Stars in My Eyes is a revealing and entertaining collection of celebrity portraits, rendered both in acute drawings and in finely observed prose. In the 1970s and 1980s, internationally known artist Don Bachardy made portraits from life, depicting the actors, writers, artists, composers, directors, and Hollywood elite that he and his partner Christopher Isherwood knew. He then made detailed notes about these portrait sittings in the journal he has kept for more than forty years. The result is a unique document: we enter the mind of the artist as he records the images and behavior of his celebrity subjects—from Ruby Keeler and Barbara Stanwyck to Jack Nicholson and Linda Ronstadt—during their often intense collaboration with him.
Finalist, Lambda Book Award
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Like Richard Avedon's noted portrait photographs, Bachardy's pencil and ink wash drawings (from early in his career) and his later pen and brush, and then just brush, paintings distill the essence of a sitter with a startlingly blunt honesty that is often not very flattering.| Read Full Review of Stars in My Eyes
"Oh, how I quail and suffer in anticipation of these sittings with the famous," portraitist Don Bachardy writes in his fascinating "pictorial diary," Stars in My Eyes.Dec 15 2000 | Read Full Review of Stars in My Eyes
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