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  • Writer's pictureGuy Hector

Don Bachardy Self Portraits

Updated: Aug 24, 2021

Guy Hector has been a personal friend of Don Bachardy for over 35 years. He was so pleased to be able to attend the opening reception at the Craig Krull Gallery, on Saturday, April 13, 5-7pm for Don's Show, Self Portraits. This exhibition will include 15 self-portraits made within the past three years, all vastly different, but all sharing Bachardy’s penetrating eyes. Exhibition Dates: April 13 - May 25, 2019

Don Bachardy is an American portrait artist. He resides in Santa Monica, California. Bachardy was the partner of Christopher Isherwood for over 30 years.

Don was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1934 and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Slade School of Art in London. His first one-man exhibition was held in October 1961 at the Redfern Gallery in London. He met the writer Christopher Isherwood on Valentine's Day 1953, when he was 18 and Isherwood was 48. They remained together until Isherwood's death in 1986. A number of paperback editions of Isherwood's novels feature Bachardy's pencil portraits of the author. A film about their relationship, titled Chris & Don: A Love Story, was released in 2008.

Bachardy still lives in his and Isherwood's Santa Monica home (his place of residence for over 50 years), where he paints portraits for gallery shows and on a commission basis.


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