Lindsay Taub

If a face can tell a thousand stories…

2011-01-07 by Lindsay Taub

On Tuesday December 28, Los Angelenos gathered at the Bar Marmont in Hollywood for an evening of art, ambiance, wine, and mingling. Hosted by Candice Kay Lee, the private party served as the soft launch for a collection of artist Drew Walker’s graphite portraits of internationally known film stars, rock royalty, sporting heroes, and iconic figures.

From afar the portraits look like perfect renditions of the subject. Close up, the face tells literally a thousand stories, with tiny images, words, and symbols directly related to the subject “hidden” within the drawing. For example, in his portrait of Angelina Jolie, the spread wings of a bird make up her cheekbones, a symbol of her free spirit.

No stranger to the international art scene, the Bar Marmont (neighbor and companion to the famed Chateau Marmont) has a storied history of launching new artists’ careers or taking existing artists to the next level of fame. With past exhibitions from the likes of Damien Hirst, Anthony James, The Gagosian Gallery, and Muccia Prada’s “Waist Down” art exhibition, Bar Marmont perhaps draws such an elite list of art clientele due to its bohemian essence and of course the Chateau’s own legendary celebrity history: Hedy Lamar in the 30s, Billy Wilder in the 40s, Marilyn Monroe in the 50s, and Led Zeppelin and Jim Morrison in the 60s.

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Tags: Art, Bar Marmont, Candace Kay Lee, Drew Walker, Los Angeles, Pacific Punch

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