Irish acting legend Pierce Brosnan has announced that he will hold an art exhibition in LA later this year to showcase all the paintings he has created in his spare time.
He took to Instagram to announce his exhibition, telling fans: “I do ponder at times whether to show the work slowly practised since one dark night in 1987 when I first began to paint.
“So come year’s end I shall have my first art show in L.A…if not now, when? Time to let them go.”
The Irish-born star does have some history with painting. In the past, he has admitted that he left school with “with nothing but a cardboard folder of drawings and paintings”.
As a youngster he enrolled on a course in commercial illustration at Saint Martin’s School of Art in London.
However, acting soon became the main focus for his career. Brosnan explained: “Art saved my life. I managed to get a job, and I wanted to be a graphic artist. But I discovered acting three years into working at this studio, and that was it, the tide turned.”
He never lost the passion for painting though, and has now decided to showcase his work to the world.
Brosnan said: “I paint figurative and landscape portraits. It’s all in my own kind of style. I’m self-taught.”
The former James Bond star revealed that he took up painting again in the late 1980s to help channel his emotions as his wife was battling with cancer.
He said: “It really came to light out of a very hard time in my life. I turned to the world of painting and that gave me a great sense of comfort.”
The LA exhibition is expected to attract plenty of attention in both the art world and showbiz circles.
Brosnan has previously seen one of his pieces publicly displayed to great success. His painting of Bob Dylan sold for a huge $1.4 million at a charity event in Cannes in 2018.