Published: 01:04 EDT, 21 March 2017 | Updated: 17:12 EDT, 23 March 2017
The 53-year-old actor has been creating a sculpture under the direction of his friend, British artist Thomas Houseago.
DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal he has been spending up to 15 hours a day in the studio working until the early hours of the morning and listening to playlists of sad songs.
Art therapy: Brad Pitt is shown last week at a Los Angeles art studio where he has been creating a sculpture while listening to breakup ballads amid his divorce from Angelina Jolie
Angelina, 41, recently returned to Los Angeles after taking her six children - Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, Knox, Maddox and Pax - to Europe where she spoke in London on behalf of greater efforts to document and prosecute crimes of rape and sexual violence in war.
She also spoke in strong defense of the UN during a ceremony in Geneva honoring Sergio Vieira de Mello, the U.N. envoy to Iraq who died in a 2003 bombing attack in Baghdad.
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The Oscar-winning actress also recently took her children to Cambodia for the premiere of her new movie First They Killed My Father about the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia.
Brad meanwhile has been typically driving himself or riding one of his motorbikes over to the Los Angeles studio owned by Thomas late in the morning to start work on his project.
Casual outfit: The Hollywood star arrived in a yellow plaid shirt, blue jeans and boots and Etnia Barcelona Vintage Sunglasses
Special envoy: Angelina is shown last week speaking in Geneva at the annual lecture of the Sergio Vieira De Mello Foundation
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As our exclusive pictures show, short-cropped Brad has been wearing hipster skinny jeans and plaid shirts, favored by many a young artist, on his visits to the Frogtown area studio.
Brad is joined by Thomas and his team of assistants but once darkness falls everybody else leaves and he stays behind, making the art space his own.
A source says, 'He spends all night working on his art and listening to emotional songs.
Intricate sculpture: Brad has been working on an intricate sculpture under the direction of his friend, British artist Thomas Houseago
'Everybody knows it's related to what's going on with him personally, but nobody says anything. He's a quiet guy, and very humble. He's learning at a fast pace.
'Art is a way for him to concentrate on one thing, taking his mind off everything else. He'd rather do that and be constructive than go out partying.'
The star's art soundtrack includes songs by indie singer Bon Iver, and breakup track Just To Satisfy You by Waylon Jennings.
Divorce proceedings: Angelina filed for divorce in September 2016 citing irreconcilable differences
Frequent fliers: The actress is shown with her six children - Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, Knox, Maddox and Pax - Friday arriving at Los Angeles International Airport from Europe
Lyrics to the latter song include: 'How many hearts must break, how many will it take. To satisfy you, just to satisfy you. Another love, another fool. To play your game.'
Although he has cut out most of his bad habits, Brad is still big on vaping and when his car pulls into the studio, it is frequently spotted with plumes of smoke escaping from the windows.
Before starting his sculpture, Brad made a rare appearance at a public talk between Thomas and their mutual friend Flea – bass player in the Red Hot Chili Peppers - in downtown Los Angeles.
Bike ride: The actor is shown riding a motorcycle to the art studio
Safety first: Brad wore a motorcycle helmet and puffy jacket while riding the motorbike
Smoking session: Smoke billowed from a cracked window of the actor's Tesla during a recent trip
The event was particularly resonant for Brad as Thomas – who lives in the same exclusive compound - spoke in depth about his own personal struggles.
He told Brad and the rest of the audience: 'You need that darkness and doubt as a motivator … recently I've come to really like that broken guy and take care of him.'
The pair have been friends for some time, and Thomas has been there for Brad after also going through a divorce himself.
Out the window: The plumes of smoke were apparently from a vaping pen
Thomas went on to explain the 'infinite magic of art', adding: 'When you have that trauma and have that anxiety, you have that push … it gets you off planet earth, and through the atmosphere really fast.'
According to an onlooker, Brad attended the event with a group of buddies and looked deep in thought. He later appeared sombre with his head down, glued to his cell phone. Weeks later he'd started his project with Thomas.
Brad's new focus on his art comes weeks after he appeared to be going a little stir crazy in Santa Barbara, where he's owned a beach house for years.
British artist: Brad's artist friend Thomas Houseago has been helping Brad with his sculpture
Art space: The art space is located in the Frogtown area of Los Angeles
Industrial area: Power lines cross above the art studio in Los Angeles
The Allied star was spotted buying new clothes at a local store and wandering alone around the town looking lost, before bizarrely staring at baskets in a supermarket.
Twitter user Dulce_Simental tweeted: 'My co worker saw Brad Pitt at the store … he was staring at fruit baskets for thirty minutes lmao.'
Brad currently has plenty of spare time to work on his sculpture after wrapping his last movie, War Machine, directed by David Michod.
Sprawling art: The space features several major soaring art pieces
Intricate designs: Sculptures with intricate curved designs nearly covered a high wall
He is also involved in a number of projects as producer with his production company, Plan B.
The star has been through a difficult time after Angelina announced their separation in September after more than a decade together.
The divorce is yet to be finalized.
Night work: Brad has been working at the studio late into the night
Breakup ballads: The actor has been listening to breakup ballads while sculpting
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