Matt Logan steps in as one of Broadway’s new caricaturists.
When Broadway theater artist Al Hirschfeld died in 2003, his legendary caricature work of Broadway actors and their show’s cast went with him. That is until Great White Way vet Bernadette Peters discovered Tennessee-born actor and artist Matt Logan. “I was working with Bernadette on a show and gave her a caricature as an opening-night gift,” recalls the 30-something Logan, who started studying art at the age of 7. That’s all it took. With Peters’ help, word of ?Logan’s talent spread quickly. The New York Times venerated him as one of Hirschfeld’s heirs, and the high-profile commissions soon rolled in: Hugh ?Jackman, Jude Law, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Katie Holmes and director Mike Nichols were among the first wave. “There was a real need in the community for the tradition of commemorating Broadway shows and performances in caricature art to continue,” says Logan, who got another leg up on the marquee when Alec Baldwin introduced him to Hirschfeld’s widow, Louise Kerz Hirschfeld. “She showed me Al’s portfolio and was extremely supportive.” Logan has since developed a genuine appreciation for “the very personal nature of caricature work,” and he just wrapped a commission for the Tom Stoppard play Arcadia, starring Billy Crudup. Whether drawing Tony Award winners, leading men or ingenues, Logan tries to keep his newly minted status in perspective. “I don’t compare myself to Al. He created the language of theater-driven caricatures. I simply do my part to keep it alive.” www.mattlogan.com