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Dustin Lance Black: A portrait by Louis Briel

Gifted artist Louis Briel got in touch this week to share with me a portrait he has painted of Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar winning screenwriter and LGBT activist.

Exclusively for Greg In Hollywood, Louis shares the details of how the painting came to be:

“Lance Black has been on my heroes list for a while.  I began talking to him on Facebook about a portrait back in 2011.  I wanted to capture the guy under that killer smile and the seemingly boundless energy for screenwriting, directing and advocacy for LGBT rights.
Lance is very modest and self-effacing about such things, but eventually agreed to meet me for photographs. Our plans for a session were repeatedly thrown off course by life events.  Lance’s beloved brother, Marcus, was fatally ill and needed Lance’s attention and care.
Finally, early in February 2012 we met to shoot photographs and subsequently had a number of additional close-ups as I painted.  Looking back, this was a really tough time for Lance, but he showed up to help with the painting, while circumstances promoted a vulnerability and gentle transparency that gave me access to just what I was looking for.
Lance still is a little embarrassed, I think, to have been painted, but when I was finished and the painting was signed, I could tell he liked it.  I think it tells the truth about a really courageous guy.”
To learn more about Louis, visit his website HERE.


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4 Remarks

  1. Outstanding.

  2. Looks like Dustin LB. But very unimaginative. What does this offer that a photograph doesn’t?

  3. “What does this offer” ?!? can YOU paint that?

  4. Artistic comments aside, I didn’t know he was so important that his portrait rates attention. Yes I know about his activism and entertainment activities. I congratulate and thank him for his commitment – but I know many activists who work very hard for our causes. They deserve as much attention as the Hollywood types we seem to fawn over.

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