Oscar winner Adrien Brody’s latest role is as a different kind of artist.
The New York native is returning to his hometown for an exhibit of his paintings dubbed “Hooked” at the prestigious Art New York show that runs from June 8 through June 14 at Manhattan’s Pier 94.
“It’s a gift and an honor to show work that was inspired by the chaos that is uniquely New York,” Brody told the Daily News by email. “All the artists, the noise, and the streets that raised me, as well as all the beauty, suffering and inspiration it exudes, is present in my work.
“This opportunity allows me to give that back and share it with my fellow New Yorkers.”
A who’s who of the more famous of those fellow New Yorkers — including Robert De Niro, Michael Strahan, Brooke Shields, Raven-Symoné, and director Brett Ratner — were spotted eyeballing Brody’s work at his booth (SP20) on the first day.
Brody doesn’t just dabble with some paints in a trailer between takes on a movie — he took a year and a half off from acting to focus on art and also producing projects.
He previously did a show called “Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Handguns.”
This time around there is a school of fish-inspired paintings, sculptures and even a skateboard. Brody says his inspirations include everything from Japanese koi to Warhol’s 20-year consumption of Campbell’s soup.
If the theme for “Hooked,” done in conjunction with Benrimon Projects, seems fishy, that’s no accident.
“This series references our culture’s evolution to being “hooked” on convenience and instant gratification,” says Brody.