A painting by Pierce Brosnan—yes, that Pierce Brosnan—hangs above a Chihuly sculpture in the corner of the Clinton's dining room. Says Ms. Clinton, “We actually have two pieces of his work. They have a kind of French Gauguin-ish feel to them, and I just love having that there.” The pair of sconces are a 1960 custom copy of an 18th-century English design.
I painted Earplugs at Leavesdon Studios in England in 1995. I was filming my first James Bond movie Goldeneye. Leavesdon was originally owned by the Ministry of Defense and had been used during World War II for the manufacture of the Mosquito Fighter and the Halifax Bomber. We were the first film production to make a movie at Leavesdon. My dressing room had once been part of the executive suites. With large north facing windows, the room filled with winter’s light, it was a perfect art studio. However, it was bloody cold in January, hence I’m wearing a leather jacket. This would be my home for the next six months. When shooting action sequences, the prop master would hand out packets of ear plugs, on the back was an illustration of “how to” put them in your ear. I found the infographic to be intriguing, amusing and engaging. I wanted to see if the composition would work as a painting. I had long admired Roy Lichtenstein’s ability to organize a graphic element into a painting and amplify the mundane into a bedazzling image. This became the inspiration for a 48 x 48 inch painting where I rendered my interpretation of the earplugs by hand. Then I embedded each segment of the graphic into quadrants of analogous yet subtly different colors. The color variation moves the eye from one quadrant to another, creating a visual storyboard, isolating each scene, yet tying them all together. 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. I am excited to offer “Earplugs” as a limited edition run of 100 screen prints in partnership with Seasons Gallery in Los Angeles. There has always been a philanthropic component to my art practice. Thus, I have decided to donate a portion of the sales of ‘Earplugs’ to “A Sense of Home” to help aid in creating homes for youth who have aged out of foster care. My heartfelt thanks to Kevin Giffen and Daniel Wlazlak at Wranch Studios & Da-Ta Studio, to all at Seasons Gallery, and to my darling wife Keely who is a part of all my days.
The prints, presented in a linen bound folio and produced by Kevin Giffen & Daniel Wlazlak (Wranch Studio & Da-Ta Studio) are now available for pre-order through seasons.la. seasons.la/store/
Pierce Brosnan Talks Passion for Painting as He Sells Prints for Charity: ‘Art Saved My Life’
The actor is selling 100 signed prints of his painting, Earplugs, which he created on the set of his first Bond film GoldenEye By Julie Jordan January 29, 2021 12:14 PM
Talk about silver linings.
During the pandemic, actor Pierce Brosnan, 67, has been focusing on his second passion — painting — at his home in Hawaii, which he shares with his wife of 19 years, Keely Shaye Brosnan, 57. Now an L.A. gallery is selling a limited run of prints of his painting Earplugs, which Brosnan created while filming his first James Bond film 1995's GoldenEye.
"I always set up a studio when I go on location," he tells PEOPLE in this week's issue. "When I was shooting the action sequences for the movie, the prop master would hand out these packets of ear plugs because of the rifles and the explosions. I found the infographic on the back to be steadily pleasing and compositionally intriguing."
Brosnan first began painting at 16, when he left school "with nothing but a cardboard folder of drawings and paintings," he says. "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."
His passion for painting waned for a bit but he returned to it in 1987 when his first wife, Cassandra Harris, was losing her fight with cancer.
"It really came to light out of a very hard time in my life," he says. "I turned to the world of painting and that gave me a great sense of comfort. Since then it’s matured. I go to the studio each day even if it’s just to clean the brushes or move the paints around."
Proceeds from the limited run of Earplugs, which are being sold through Seasons gallery in L.A., will benefit A Sense of Home, which supports kids after foster care. The actor will start offering more runs of his paintings in the future as well, including prints of his portrait of singer Bob Dylan, which sold for $1.4 million at auction in 2018.
As for his process, Brosnan insists each creation "takes a long time because I’m lazy and I don’t paint fast enough."
"Or I get the painting to a certain stage and I fall in love with it," he adds. But in the end you just have to tackle it—and be fearless."
Brosnan's signed prints of Earplugs are now available through Seasons gallery in L.A.
Artist, Actor, and Environmentalist - Pierce Brosnan Explores the Digital Art Landscape With First-Ever NFT Collection On LGND.art
The Limited-Edition Collection Will Feature New Work Inspired By Brosnan's Hugely Successful "Earplugs" Painting
AUSTIN, Texas, June 18, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, LGND Inc. announces Pierce Brosnan's debut collection of digital artworks titled BIG NOISE. The collection features new work inspired by his painting Earplugs, which Brosnan created while filming his first James Bond film GoldenEye in 1995. BIG NOISE is currently available to preview on LGND.art and will officially launch on Father's Day, June 20th at 8 PM (EST).
Brosnan's painting, Earplugs, was inspired by the "how to" instructions found on earplug packets handed out on the set of the movie Goldeneye. Since then, he's created numerous landscapes, abstracts, and colorful portraits that have sold for up to $1.4 million dollars. For his first-ever NFT collection, Brosnan explores the digital art landscape with new work that's reminiscent of primitive graphics and 90's multi-player video games. Compelled by the source material, Brosnan transforms his artwork into a fascinating multimedia NFT that incorporates abstract movement, self-recorded sound elements including his voice, and bespoke visuals.
"It's been a pleasure to explore this new medium of digital art with my friends at LGND.art," says Brosnan. "Creating art has always been a passion of mine. Exploring the infinite capabilities of digital art has given me the opportunity to grow as an artist as well as make my work more accessible on a platform that's also eco-conscious."
"As a platform and a community, LGND focuses on artist empowerment, sustainability, and technical innovation," says Ty Carter, Head of the Artist Council at LGND. "Pierce Brosnan's exhibition is a remarkable showcase of unique artworks each sourcing elements of his career and the aesthetics of modern technology."
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ABOUT LGND: LGND is a digital arts platform built by artists, for artists, with a core mission to provide members the simplest and most secure way to purchase NFT art online. LGND enables artists to integrate their work into the NFT market on their own terms, reach a larger audience, and secure their digital legacy through eco-conscious blockchain technology. LGND is committed to minimizing the ecological impact of NFTs and prioritizes platform sustainability by utilizing the WAX proof-of-stake blockchain, featuring an authentication process up to 125,000 times more efficient than other methods. As a platform and a community, LGND focuses on artist empowerment, sustainability, and technical innovation to provide best in category service and opportunities for creators and their fans alike. You are LGND.
ABOUT PIERCE BROSNAN Pierce Brosnan OBE is an Irish actor, artist, film producer, and environmental activist. Brosnan has stated that Art was his first love, and he took up painting seriously in the late 1980s 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." Brosnan has maintained his studio practice throughout his acting career 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 and colorful portraits in a multitude of different media.
Brosnan recently wrote about the artist LeRoy Neiman for Juxtapoz Magazine and discussed his Art on the globally successful podcast Talk Art. He is currently working on an exhibition of his paintings and drawings in Los Angeles that will open later this year.
Brosnan is an established painter with NFTs that allude to work he created while filming his first James Bond film “GoldenEye” in 1995. The BIG NOISE NFT series is available to preview on LGND.art and will officially launch on Father’s Day, June 20th at 8 PM. Brosnan answered a few questions concerning his new interest in NFTs. First among them, is his interest in NFTs a new one?
“I have never traded in NFTs nor have I owned one, up till now, my very own one,” Brosnan said.
For Brosnan, the interest in NFTs started with his son.
“My son, Paris, is very interested in cryptocurrency and follows what's happening in NFTs. He's the one who got me interested in exploring the space as a new way to connect with people through art,” Brosnan said.
Citing his influences as Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, and Kandinsky, Brosnan favors artists that challenge traditional forms, so we asked him his thoughts on NFTs as a new way to impact audiences. The dapper actor and artist is bullish on the potential of NFTs for artists.
“NFTs are a fascinating advancement in the way an artist can interact with and grow their audience. They provide an opportunity to directly offer your work to anyone, anywhere in the world, instantly. This could be someone in Zimbabwe, or Indiana, or Ireland – it levels the playing field and gives everyone full, unfettered access. The idea that people can own authenticated pieces of digital art that are always linked to the creator is groundbreaking, especially considering that works sold later, on the secondary market, will still be linked to the creator, with compensation automatically distributed,” Brosnan said.
As an avid supporter of the arts, Brosnan looks to a future where NFTs create new potential for artists of all kinds.
“It's a brand new digital world out there! Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and blockchain technology, in general, have so much potential when it comes to art, film, and entertainment. We can't predict the future, but we can choose a future that is supportive of the arts by leveraging these world-changing technologies to give artists and their communities new opportunities to connect...,” Brosnan said.