Y&R's Thom Bierdz's Artistic Memorial to Michael and Farrah

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Renaissance man Thom Bierdz (Phillip Chancellor III, The Young and the Restless) is sharing the breathtaking Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett-inspired paintings he completed years before their twin deaths this past week with the blogosphere, along with a statement about the icons who so inspired him as a teen.

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These portraits are looking at me from across from my gallery desk, and have been for years, as they are two of my most cherished pieces.  I am saddened by the passing of Michael and Farrah and was fortunate enough to have met them both.  I was a huge fan of both of theirs since I was a teenager!  His creative genius I likened to Picasso's and personally I so admired the way he reinvented himself (I identified with his lack of self-esteem and had silicone in my jaw to widen it, and I assume Michael did that as well) and Farrah was so radiant when younger, and when I spent an evening with her, I was surprised how sweet and fragile she seemed, and I identified with her social phobia on the particular night we met, through mutual friends who knew we were both artists.  Farrah was a wonderful sculptor.

Check out more of the actor/painter/author's amazing work here.