Painting Helped ‘James Bond’ Star Pierce Brosnan Cope With Grief. Now, an L.A. Gallery Will Show the Actor’s Deeply Personal Art

The actor will show the works at the gallery Seasons L.A.

Pierce Brosnan attends the "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" world premiere at the Eventim Apollo, 2018 in London. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Universal Pictures.

Actor and former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has revealed to the world, via Instagram, an intensely personal painting he made in 1987 inspired by the cancer treatment undergone by his late wife, Australian actor Cassandra Harris, to whom he was married from 1980 to 1991.

The actor has said that he started painting while Harris was sick with ovarian cancer. 

“Carrying the weight and pain and the fear of that illness, I took out the paints,” Brosnan told GQ. “And started painting. With my fingers. With my hands, actually.”

The painting, which includes “repetitions of symbols, self-portraits. Emblems of some Celtic past,” the actor said, will be part of an upcoming show at the gallery Seasons L.A.

“That’s how we start [the exhibition]—heavy. But beautiful, beautiful,” the Thomas Crown Affair star said.

Brosnan makes colorful, Pop-like paintings that playfully integrate symbols with figures in a variety of poses. Now, he’s painting alongside his 21-year-old son, Paris, whose mother is the actor’s current wife, Keely Shaye Smith.

“He just devours these canvases,” Brosnan told GQ. “It just fills me with the greatest pride, fatherly pride, to be painting alongside him, just to be quiet in the garage or wherever we’ve painted. It’s a really beautiful experience.”

The actor shared this photo of his studio with his Instagram followers.
Photo: @piercebrosnanofficial via Instagram.

Paris, too, had kind words to say about his father: “He’s, like, evolving into a legit artist and taking it to the top.”

Seasons L.A., where Brosnan’s show is set to open next spring, is part of the Art Room development in L.A., a multi-use site that is also home to an all-day cafe, office spaces, in addition to the 1,000-square-foot gallery.

The gallery recently included several of the actor’s works at the inaugural edition of Contemporary Art Now, an art fair in IbizaIn December, it showed works by Brosnan and his son Paris in a curated sale put together by NFL star Odell Beckham, Jr. 

Brosnan is among a number of A-list actors who have turned to art-making, including Brad Pitt, whose previously unseen sculptures recently went on view at a museum in Finland

 

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