Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer Turns to Art to Unwind

Brian Grazer’s creative impulses go beyond what he produces for the big- and smallscreen.

Tucked away in the backyard of his Santa Monica home  is Grazer’s multi-windowed, two-room art studio.

Two military-grade blowguns rest at the entrance. Grazer picks up and shoots one, with the dart landing dead center on the human silhouette target 10 feet away. “I’m kind of a blowgun expert,” he quips.

His canvases feature black-and-white blown-up advertisements from the back of L.A. Weekly that read, for instance, “Looking for an apartment” or “Man-to-man full body massage.” After laying them on a canvas, he spreads a milky shellac, which dries clear, over the collage. Then he paints an image, mostly using three or four colors — always black — and simple, long lines. Most of his works feature a woman.

Hanging in his studio is a “Valley of the Dolls Barbie,” as the artist describes it. Grazer doesn’t show or sell his art in galleries. But he recently bequeathed works to his CAA agent, Bryan Lourd, as well as his architect and co-decorator, Waldo Fernandez

Photo: Cody Pickens for Variety

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