Star Portraits is a TV series that explores and celebrates the art of portraiture, while providing a unique and compelling twist on the celebrity profile.
Now in its second season, Star Portraits brings together one famous Canadian and three accomplished portrait artists for a portrait sitting. Host Louise Pitre is an award winning, Tony-nominated and theatrically trained actress. A favourite among audiences, Louise’s illuminating personality will resonate with viewers week after week.
The sitter’s identity is a secret, the only clue being the specially chosen location. First, our host Louise Pitre introduces us to the three artists, then with a dramatic set-up, brings on the surprise guest, and kicks off the sitting. Each episode begins with the artists given three hours to study, sketch and photograph the sitter; the artists will then set off to their respective studios for two weeks to complete their work. In the middle of this two-week creative process, host Louise Pitre will visit each artist’s studio to find out how their portrait is coming along. This visit will peek at the artist’s body of work and reveal their philosophy on portraiture, and their particular impressions and approach to the celebrity they are painting.
Each episode concludes with the exciting unveiling of three complete portraits, from which the sitter gets to choose their favourite to keep. Celebrities almost always struggle to come to a decision about which portrait they’ll take home. Invariably they wish they could have all three, with the other two auctioned off to a charity of the sitter’s choice. Those final moments when they are forced to make a choice are often surprisingly powerful and revealing.