Art/Design

More Entertainers turned Artists: Brad Pitt is sharing his Art

He really does need some inner calm by the looks of it.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Oct 7, 2022

Last month, the famed rapper, Skepta, auctioned off a painting.  In what is seeming like a large migration or exchange between artistic fields, Brad Pitt now joins the rank of musicians and entertainers who are dabbling in the fine arts.

 

Pitt, Australian musician Nick Cave, and British artist Thomas Houseago have worked together on an art exhibition titled “WE” where all three artists are showcasing their original works. “WE” features sculptures by Pitt and Houseago as well as a number of hand-painted ceramic pieces by Cave, and it is presented by the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland.

 

In the exhibition’s press release, more information is revealed in regards to the nature of the collaboration:

“Although each body of work remains individually authored, their presentation under the collective title reflects the connected nature of the works and their makers. WE is an open-ended concept that encourages new ways to think about art-making and the role of the solitary artist, which are less about ideas born exclusively to a single author. Houseago sees WE as an incorporation of all artforms and anyone he might connect with creatively. With the ultimate aim to spread hope and inclusiveness, the parameters and participants of WE may expand, yet with its beginning here with three figures each widely recognized for their individual talent, by challenging the need for such distinctions the message of WE is emphatically underscored.”

 

Pitt chose 9 sculptures, including a house sculpture made out of timber blocks and a large bronze structure, as well as miniature houses made out of silicone for his debut exhibition.

 

While undergoing his turbulent divorce from Angelina Jolie, Pitt has discussed how pottery has helped him discover inner calm. Along with Houseago and Cave, the actor is now prepared to exhibit his work and show it to the rest of the world. His participation in this exhibition emphasizes even more the collaborative and unifying spirit that Houseago wished to depict through this show.

 

The exhibition seems to be viewed as an open-ended conversation about the role of artists, and how it doesn’t necessarily have to be a solitary practice. This comes at a time where a lot of unexpected celebrities such as actors and musicians are creating art and exhibiting it. This perhaps solidifies the idea that art is ever flowing and creativity should not be confined to one practice necessarily.

 

Thomas Houseago’s WE with Nick Cave and Brad Pitt is on view at the Sara Hildén Art Museum until January 15, 2023.

 

What we mean by entertainers turned art world regulars: Rapper Skepta just auctioned off a painting, and Robert Pattinson curated a collection for Sotheby’s.

 

Also here’s some Hollywood actors that have side gigs as musicians.

 

Photo via Jussi Koivunen