Lifelong Pursuit: Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition

Award-winning actor Pierce Brosnan also happens to be a professional artist, and just launched his exhibition entitled “So Many Dreams” in Los Angeles. 

Almost everybody knows Pierce Brosnan as the dashing James Bond actor who reinvigorated the iconic 007 role. He’s also starred in countless hit films like The Thomas Crown Affair and Mamma Mia!; however, not many may know that the accomplished actor is a skilled visual artist. 

Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
Pierce Brosnan

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Late last year, Brosnan released an Instagram teaser for his solo exhibition entitled So Many Dreams.The aforementioned exhibition finally launched on May 13 of this year, and will be running from May 14 to May 21 in Los Angeles’ N. La Brea Avenue. 

Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
Brosnan in front of the facade of his exhibition in L.A./Photo via Instagram @piercebrosnanofficial

The exhibition’s official website lets viewers experience a virtual walkthrough of Brosnan’s works displayed within the gallery. His visual style is vibrant and eclectic, taking inspiration from art movements like surrealism and dadaism. 

Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
Brosnan next to two of his paintings (L-R): “Ear Plugs” (1995-2013, acrylic on canvas) and “French Kiss” (2022, acrylic on canvas)/Photo via Instagram @piercebrosnanofficial

So Many Dreams features “50 paintings, 100 phone drawings, script drawings, lino cuts, NFTs and a short documentary film,” according to Brosnan in an Instagram post.

A 13-minute film (directed by Thom Zimny and produced by Dylan Brosnan) detailing the actor’s personal art journey and creative inspirations can also be found on the website. 

A Life In Images

Brosnan has been crafting creative illustrations since he was a child growing up in Southern Ireland, long before he even knew the technicalities of the trade. 

“[I was] alone, somewhat. I was an only child, but I grew up in my imagination,” shared the actor in the exhibition’s short film. “I often wonder where the art that I now find myself doing came from; they were shapes, like jigsaw puzzles, that would float in the sky.” 

Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
Brosnan posing in front of a series of his drawings/Photo via Instagram @piercebrosnanofficial
Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
Brosnan alongside his work entitled “Fish Hook” (2020-2022, mixed media on canvas)/Photo via Instagram @piercebrosnanofficial

At 16, Brosnan left school to pursue his passion for the visual arts and gained a job as a commercial illustrator. Although he took a break from painting and drawing to pursue an illustrious career in acting, he eventually returned to the craft. 

In some sense, his lifelong love served as a tether of sorts during dire periods of his life. In an interview with GQ, he discussed how painting served as a way of coping when his first and late wife—Australian actress Cassandra Harris—was battling ovarian cancer in the 1990s. 

Pierce Brosnan Launches His First Solo Exhibition
An acrylic on canvas painting that Brosnan made in 1989, entitled “Cassie at Red-Tails,” featuring his late wife Cassandra Harris/Photo from So Many Dreams’ official website

“Carrying the weight and pain and the fear of that illness, I took out the paints. And started painting. With my fingers. With my hands, actually,” stated Brosnan in the interview. “That’s how we start – heavy. But beautiful, beautiful.”

Banner Photo via Instagram @piercebrosnanofficial.

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