Based on the hit UK series, this Canadian version of Star Portraits combines portrait painting and celebrity in a unique, clever format with a revealing and often emotional jeopardy.
In each programme, three top portrait painters are brought together by our presenter to paint a mystery celebrity. Each artist has a very different background, training and style of interpretation. The star’s identity is not revealed until they make their entrance, so the painters and surprised and delighted by the opportunity to paint the famous face and the particular challenges it will pose.
The artists now have just five hours with the celebrity to capture that crucial likeness and aspects of characters that will give their painting impact and insight. As the sitting proceeds, the celebrity relaxes and chats candidly with the artists about their public image and their interest in the visual arts. One week later, our presenter, celebrity sitter and the three artists reconvene. Three very different portraits are then revealed, for just one to be chosen by the celebrity and taken home. The celebrities featured in these Canadian episodes are as follows;
Alex Trebek - Much loved host of Jeopardy!
The Amazking Kreskin - Internationally acclaimed Mentalist
Ashley MacIsaac - Celebrated musician and internationally renowned fiddler
Colin Mochrie - Successful comic actor and regular on Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
Debbie Travis - One of the world's most beloved home decorating icons
Elvis Stojko - Record breaking, multi award-winning ice skater and performer
Enrico Colantoni - Star of CBS primetime hit drama Flashpoint
George Chuvalo - 21 year reigning Canadian heavyweight boxing champ, turned actor and activist
Margaret Trudeau - Celebrated Canadian & Mental Health Advocate
Measha Brueggergosman - Critically acclaimed Soprano and one of the most magnificent performers and vibrant personlaities of the day
Sen. Pamela Wallin - Respected journalist, diplomat and entrepeneur
Dr. Roberta Bondar - World's first neurologist in space
Sen. Romeo Dallaire - Distinguished military leader, author, champion of human rights and appointed Canadian Senator