Exhibiting another side of his artistic talent, Pierce has begun selling his artwork to raise money for his favorite charities.
The actor, who was trained as a commercial artist, has painted numerous landscapes as well as colorful portraits of his family. After Brosnan left school, he pursued a career in art and began working as an illustrator. “I always wanted to be an artist, a painter. I started as a Trainee Artist in a small studio in South London.” A colleague suggested that Pierce attend a theatre workshop, and eventually he abandoned his artwork to pursue a career in acting.
Brosnan took up painting again in the late 1980's during his first wife’s illness as he found it therapeutic. “Sometimes dramatic moments affect the way you see yourself in the world…from a very hard time in my life, I started painting again and out came every color I could imagine.” Citing his influences as Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Kandinsky, Brosnan spends much of his free time between film shoots in front of his easel. “I am self taught, an enthusiastic painter as a friend of mine likes to say.”
Some of Brosnan’s works were designed as presents for his wife, Keely Shaye. The romantically titled Bisou Moi (Kiss Me) was given to Keely as a present on Valentine’s Day and features a nude woman standing next to yellow daffodils. Fiji, which was painted for Keely on Christmas of 1995, is a landscape view from the island of Wakaya.
Profits from the sale of the Giclee prints are given to the Brosnan Trust, which distributes money to environmental, children’s and women’s health charities.