Pierce Brosnan, the James Bond who found in painting an antidote to pain

Pierce Brosnan, the James Bond who found in painting an antidote to pain

Art is cathartic and Pierce Brosnan can account for that, turned to painting, more than 30 years ago, when his first wife fell ill and died. That dramatic situation happened again in 2013, when her daughter Charlotte suffered from the same disease as her mother, ovarian cancer, and died at the age of 41.

Brosnan found in this new artistic activity a way to help move through pain. However, what began almost as a therapeutic hobby became increasingly important, until build your own sample.

In fact, on his official Instagram account (with 1.6 million followers), former James Bond introduces himself as “actor, producer, painter”, giving this face as much importance as the rest, for which he became famous.

A regular participant in charity events, one of his paintings surpassed a million dollars at an auction recently held at the AmFAR Gala in Cannes. Is about a portrait of musician Bob Dylan, which sold for $ 1.4 million.

The painter’s path

Brosnan’s love for painting has a dramatic beginning, as the actor clung to that activity when Cassandra Harris began a four-year course of illness, which ended with her death, in 1991. By his own account, at that time began to develop a special sensitivity to colors that helped him release frustration and anger at his wife’s suffering.

That passion, discovered a bit by chance and at an unwanted moment, grew and never left her. The actor found love again in Keely Shayne Smith, whom he married more than twenty years ago, and with whom he had two other children.

Now, at age 68, Brosnan announced through his Instagram account that, before the end of the year, it will be time to exhibit your works, in a first show to be held in Los Angeles.

“Sometimes I wonder if I must show the work slowly practiced since a dark night in 1987 when I started painting. However, as my dear wife Keely says, you are only going to paint a few pictures in your life. So, at the end of the year, I will have my first art show in Los Angeles. If not now when? Time to let them go“, he assured.

As a preview of what the exhibition will be, the actor showed part of his work on his Instagram account where he himself appears posing. Among his paintings are several portraits, some with more abstract lines, and one in which a standing person places his hand near his heart and the organ is shown in detail.

Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, have been together for 25 years. AFP photo.

During his recent stint at the Cannes Film Festival, the actor took advantage of the moment to make this less-known facet of him public, through a documentary and, incidentally, hold the charity auction for an organization that supports AIDS research. As for the portrait of Dylan, Brosnan expressed that he did it because the musician “is a great hero to me”.

Always accompanied and supported by his wife, Keely, Brosnan stressed that it is she who has directed his life for 25 years and was who saved him from depression in the most dramatic moments of their life. “She is like a force that I could not live without,” he declared. The couple have two children: Dylan, 23, and Paris, 19.

Brosnan is also the father of Sean and Christoper, Charlotte’s brothers, whom he had with Cassandra Harris.


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