Pierce Brosnan

Art was my first love. I left Elliot Comprehensive School in Putney at 16 years of age, with nothing more than a handmade cardboard folder of drawings and paintings as my calling card —and dreams of becoming an artist. The odds were against me, but I’ve always felt a Celtic hand of blessing on my shoulder and I knew that I would find my way. After hawking my wares down Fleet Street and having been politely shown the door many times over, I felt my luck had turned sour. What was I to do? Fortunately, I found a small art studio in Putney called Ravenna Studios; it was sequestered down an alleyway beside the local brewery. They specialized in furniture illustrations for the Evening Standard newspaper and photo layouts for catalogs. There were three other artists who sat behind my drawing desk in this low-slung 1960’s studio with a beautiful garden and windows down one side to my left. My job was to draw straight lines, make tea and water the spider plants. I earned 20 pounds a week. 

 

One morning as I was hanging up my coat, I got to talking with a guy from the photo lab named Alan Porter. We discussed movies and my passion for film. He said I should go to the Oval House Theatre in Kennington and enroll in some workshops. It was 1969, the height of experimental theatre. Thus, I started my acting career. I left Ravenna Studios with their blessings and began the long journey to becoming an actor.

 

Brosnan took up painting again in the late 1980's during his first wife’s illness. “Sometimes dramatic moments affect the way you see yourself in the world." He found painting therapeutic. "I started painting again and out came every color.” Throughout his acting career, Brosnan has maintained his studio practice and spends much of his free time between film shoots in his studio.  He typically sells his original artwork and donates proceeds to raise money for his favorite charities. Citing his influences as Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky, Brosnan's artwork incorporates numerous landscapes and abstracts as well as colorful portraits.

 

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