The GoldenEye star worked at an art studio in London when he was a teenager and later trained at Saint Martin’s School of Art, but left to study acting at the Drama Centre London.
The GoldenEye star worked at an art studio in London when he was a teenager and later trained at Saint Martin’s School of Art, but left to study acting at the Drama Centre London. Brosnan has always kept up with his first love throughout his acting career and later this year he will showcase his paintings publicly for the first time. “I’ve been painting steadily for some time. I think I’m going to be having an exhibit at the end of the year in Paris,” he told Live! with Kelly on Thursday (06Apr17). “That’s the plan. That would be a first, I’ve never shown my work before, not in such a capacity.”
“I feel quite relaxed (about it) now, but I do look at the work and say, ‘Am I out of my mind?’ But there’s something there,” he added. “There’s some kind of gesture of form and colour for sure. So yeah, I just met these people and they said they would like to show the work.”
He has already made money from his art – Brosnan sold a portrait of a Mexican man, titled Macho Llorando, to The Godfather producer Albert S. Ruddy.
And his art has also hit the headlines for the wrong reasons – the actor had to settle a secret legal spat with Paul McCartney’s brother over a photo he recreated as a painting for his late wife. Michael McCartney threatened legal action against Brosnan after realising his Just Four Guys piece was a colourful reinterpretation of the photographer’s black and white shot of the Beatles. Brosnan painted the picture for his then-wife Cassandra Harris, who was a big Beatles fan, and had no idea it would cause a fuss.
Showing off the picture and the original McCartney photo during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May, 2013, the movie star said, “Michael, bless him, took a little umbrage at it… because it’s copyrighted and I didn’t know anything about copyright… I just did the painting for her. Anyway, all is good.”