Pierce Brosnan to Exhibit His Paintings After Portrait of Bob Dylan Sells for Insane Amount

by Matthew Memrick

A former James Bond has discovered his canvas recently, sold his work for more than a million, and will present more of his artistic talents in a California exhibition.

Pierce Brosnan recently showed his work to his 1.6 million Instagram followers on Sunday, writing: ‘I do ponder at times whether to show the work slowly practiced since one dark night in 1987 when I first began to paint.”

Brosnan, 68, took to a canvas in 2018 to capture one of his heroes, legendary musician Bob Dylan, with the stroke of a brush. The work went on to sell for $1.4 million. Afterward, the star told Parade magazine he would give up acting if he could make it as an artist.

In Sunday’s reveal, the international star posted ten original works. One showed a man on an island wearing a Swiss cheese necklace bathed in the glow of the moon. Another detailed drawing likened a man to a bull with a pistol in one hand and a liquor bottle in the other. His work ranged from clear and colorful to simple, as another simple drawing showed a simple method for inserting an earplug in the form of a graphic.

Now, the Irish-born naturalized citizen has shared his plans to have an exhibition in Santa Monica, California. The display comes off the heels of a Cannes Film Festival documentary that charity officials for amFAR – a charity supporting AIDS research – auctioned off his work, per the Daily Mail.

Family Inspiration and Support

Pierce Brosnan credited his wife, Keely Shaye Smith, for encouraging his talents recently. The couple has been married since 2001. Brosnan took up painting in 1987 when his first wife, the late Cassandra Harris, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She died in 1991.

At 16, he went to school for commercial illustration. But the acting bug bit him in 1975, and he lept into television and movie roles for a storied film career. Notably, he played Remington Steele in the 1980s television series. In taking the part, he thought he missed out on the chance to play James Bond, but years later, the film role was up for grabs again and he didn’t think twice about taking it.

Brosnan followed Sean Connery to become the third actor to assume the heralded role. Brosnan starring in four British spy movies from 1995 to 2002 (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.

Despite the exhibition, the actor is not slowing down either with his acting plans. He has four movies set for 2021 dates, including a remake of the classic children’s story, Cinderella. An additional six films are on the way, but release dates are not clear at this time.

In 1991 and 1996, People magazine chose Brosnan as one of the “50 Most Beautiful” people in the world.