Pierce Brosnan Recalls ‘GoldenEye’ Shoot That Produced Pop Art-Inspired ‘Earplugs’ Painting
One hundred signed limited-edition prints of the Brosnan original are now being sold by a gallery in Los Angeles. The proceeds will benefit the foster youth.
Pierce Brosnan made his 1995 debut as James Bond through Martin Campbell’s-directed GoldenEye, a film with many of the explosive action sequences expected from 007. During the six months, Brosnan spent dodging and winking in front of cameras at Leavesdon Studios in England, a prop master consistently delivered earplug packages as necessary protection.
While he made good use of them on set – “if you didn’t plug those yellow plugs in, you soon knew about them because you went home and rang the doorbell deaf” – he found another use in his dressing room, a former executive suite that served at the same time as a makeshift art studio.
“I set up the easel,” says Brosnan, recalling The Hollywood Reporter by phone on Wednesday. “That picture on the back of the earbuds came to me and I thought I was going to try rendering it along the lines of.” Roy Lichtenstein. I had long admired his ability to organize a graphic element in a painting and amplify the everyday into a dazzling image, and yet have simplicity and tonality that is also somehow calm. “
The result was a 48 “by 48” acrylic painting, aptly titled “Ear Plugs”. For the first time in his successful painting career, Brosnan is working with LA gallery Seasons to offer 100 limited edition screen prints. The 28 x 28 inch prints – presented in a canvas-bound folio and produced by Kevin Giffen and Daniel Wlazlak of Wranch Studio and Da-Ta Studio – are all signed by Brosnan, a 1995 photo of the artist, and a note describing his artistic path.
A portion of the proceeds will go to A Sense of Home, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between youth who have dropped out of the care system. It’s one thing close to his heart and longtime wife Keely Shaye Brosnan. “A sense of home created this environment so that they can go into a home and decorate it with donations, beds, chairs, posters and art. For my wife, Keely and I, it is important to support young men and women who are trying to find their way around in life, as I did as a young man at 16 when I left school with just a handful of drawings and paintings artistic life. “
Brosnan, who is spending time in Hawaii during the pandemic, continues to bend his brush with big plans for a future display of his work in a friend’s gallery on the west side, and has additional limited edition prints, including the famous one by Bob Dylan, who raised $ 1.4 million during the 2018 amFAR Cinema Against AIDS auction in Cannes.
“I’ve painted a lot more and my practice has evolved. I look at the work and it has a gesture. It has a form. It has an articulation. There is a collection here in the work, and there is an advancement within the work . Over the last year – many years before, but now with a more focused effort – I have tried to complete the work and start new ones, “he explains.
Added: “There are a number of chair paintings. There will be a publication by Bob Dylan. I have a beautiful portrait of Anthony Bourdain that I have always enjoyed. I have his travels and his passions for life, food, People and that enjoyed exploring humanity. I did one of him, and I have another portrait of Picasso, John Lennon. Many more things are to come. “