Star Portraits: Season Two

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Star Portraits season two continues to explore and celebrate the art of portraiture, while providing a unique and compelling twist on celebrity profile.

Every episode brings together one famous Canadian and three accomplished portrait artists for a sitting. 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. The artists are given three hours to study, sketch and photograph the sitter, and generally get to know them through conversation and questions. Then, the artists are sent off to their respective studios for exactly two weeks to complete their works. In the middle of the two-week creative process, our host, Louise Pitre, visits each artist in their studio to find out how his or her portrait is coming along. As well, she learns a little about each artist, their body of work, their philosophy on portraiture, and their particular impressions and approach to the celebrity they are painting. Each episode concludes, two weeks after the sitting, with the exciting unveiling of three complete portraits, from which the sitter gets to choose their favourite portrait to keep. The other two will be auctioned off for a charity of their choice.

But the heart of Star Portraits is the inspiration provided by the special celebrities who sit for our gifted portrait artists. This year, sitters include a wide range of amazing Canadians: comedienne Mary Walsh, environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki, ballet superstar Rex Harrington, actor Gordon Pinsent, Blue Rodeo singer Jim Cuddy, TV handyman Mike Holmes, Children’s rights crusader Craig Kielburger, hockey player Theo Fleury, Paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft, the honourable Louise Arbour, comedian Seán Cullen, etalk host Tanya Kim, and fashion reporter Jeanne Beker.

Star Portraits is a unique and often poignant way to reflect on the connection between public image and personal identity, appearances and character. The viewer comes away with a sense of a famous Canadian that goes beyond their previous assumptions and expectations. The powerful eye of the artist never fails to see beyond the surface, and in each case, capture something distinctive and fascinating about a famous and familiar face.


13 x 30 minutes




"Star Portraits... has become appointment viewing for people looking for a biography program that's out of the ordinary."

"As reality TV goes, Star Portraits is one of the most surprising, joyous and unpredictable programs on TV today." By Alex Strachan