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Hollywood stars that you did not imagine that they were dedicated to painting (Part I)

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There is a small club of stars of the seventh art who dedicate much of their free time to brushes, and that you did not know. In this series we will talk about this hidden passion in Beverly Hills….

And it is that being only actor in Hollywood has to be very boring. There's Jaden, Will Smith's son, who has started his own business to sell bottled water. And he is doing very well. But it is true that this requires a lot of Excel and, in reality, what the interpreters of the city of stars want is, most of the times, to get all their artistic vein beyond the characters they embody.

That is why some, between pause and pause of a filming or between film and film (or series, everyone with whatever they shoot) spend the day with their hobbies: there are musicians, like Hugh Laurie; others stop climate change, like DiCaprio; others are passionate about poker, like Tobey Maguire; Judi Dench learned with Vin Diesel to play 'Dungeons and Dragons';… and we have those who are dedicated to painting.

And here there are real and already well-known artists, with their own style and voice, that we are going to unravel little by little. Not everything is going to be seventh art, there are six more, right?

Lucy Liu

Let's start with Lucy Liu (yes, the one with Charlie's angels…) because her story is one of the most curious. Until she studied Fine Arts, the actress was completely dazed by photography and made her first steps on the streets of New York. But she left the camera for brushes and, seeking inspiration in her ancestral traditions (she is the first generation in the United States, since she is the daughter of immigrants) she began to paint.

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Lucy Liu painting one of her works in her New York studio

Let's jump to 2009: because she is a successful actress who has worked with Quentin Tarantino in Kill Bill or in Oscar-winning films like Chicago, she prefers to keep her works anonymous, so that her Hollywood name does not interfere with her art. But that year it was revealed that she was the one behind the pseudonym Yu Ling, her alter ego in the painting.

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The critics throw their hands to their heads because his notoriety and fame were already well known in the world. His paintings and works, which resemble pictorial rituals of China and families like his, had reached 16,000 euros at auctions. He had always donated the money to UNICEF. Last January he fulfilled one of his vital objectives: to hold an exhibition. It was titled Unhomed Belongings, and held by the National Museum of Singapore.

Sylvester Stallone

“First I was a painter. Then I became an actor and screenwriter ”. These are the words of Sly, the mythical Rambo, the mythical Rocky and many other mythical figures, when in May 2015 he opened his own exhibition at the Modenor Art Museum in Nice.

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“First I was a painter. Then I became an actor and screenwriter ”.

Sylvester Stallone

The exhibition, which was titled The Real Love (true love, because of the painting, in case you haven't caught it) had already passed through Saint Petersburg and consisted of more than 30 works by the interpreter, director and many other things that have been the good old Stallone painted between 1975 and 2015.

It is true that many have joked with his pictorial style that, let's say, is little given to subtleties: large canvases, brush strokes with echoes of brutalism and little, if not null, subtlety. For example: one of his paintings is called Finding Rocky (Finding Rocky) and it is a large head on a lilac background, a line of houses and urban symbols and newspaper clippings. It occurred to him when, surprise, he was looking for a figure for the eponymous film. “On that occasion, I was looking for the character of Rocky. I didn't know how it had to be. But suddenly, Rocky took shape in front of the canvas, "he said, adding later:" When words fail me to express what I feel, I paint.

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He estimates that he has between 200 and 300 works in his garage but that he was afraid to show them until the renowned gallery owner and art dealer Krystyna Gmurzynska trusted him. "I base my art on my life." Pure Sly.

Pierce brosnan

He met his father when he was 31 years old. “I spent a Sunday afternoon with him and we talked about this and that. I would have liked to know him better, ”he said. In 1987, his wife, Cassandra Harris, who died in 1991, was diagnosed with cancer. Their daughter Charlotte died in 2013. Pierce Brosnan's life, beyond being James Bond, has had very little of the adventures of the secret agent. Therefore, for all these misfortunes and blows, he made use of his first vocation: painting.

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Actor Pierce Brosnan with some of his works.

Although he had joined a traveling circus because it was the late 1960s (and we all know what happened in those years), just before Brosnan had finished his studies at the prestigious Saint Martin's, a London art school. It was not until his wife's illness that he dusted off the brushes and, inspired by Matisse and Kandinsy, who he considers to be their referents, he once again brushed the canvases, feeling that “the pain sometimes manifested itself in colors”. “I paint figurative and landscape portraits in oil, I paint with acrylics.

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Everything is in my own style ”, he assured about what he does in his own art studio that was set up in the house he has in Malibu and where he usually makes paintings like a profile of Bob Dylan that he reached at a charity auction (in these he pull up) for $ 1.2 million. Go with 007. 

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Pierce Brosnan posing next to his Bob Dylan portrait

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An article on art and culture, written from the editorial studio of Nomadart.

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