Brad Pitt Has a New Hobby: Sculpture!

"People close to him are happy that he has found something new to be passionate about," a source tells PEOPLE

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Brad Pitt is getting in touch with his artistic side — but not on camera.

In the months following his split from Angelina Jolie, the actor has been spending time working on a new sculpture at the Los Angeles art studio of friend and artist Thomas Houseago.

“He recently spent many days and even nights working on a sculpture,” a source close to Pitt tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “People close to him are happy that he has found something new to be passionate about.”

Houseago is a well-known British contemporary visual artist who creates sculptures with materials such as plaster and plywood. His art has attracted a slew of celebrity fans including the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis and Flea.

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Pitt, 53, even spent the morning of the Oscars last month working on his creation before watching the awards ceremony with a group of friends, cheering on Moonlight (which he executive-produced) as it took home Best Picture.

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But Pitt’s love for creating and curating art is not a new hobby — in fact, he’s quite the art aficionado. He has collaborated on designing a furniture collection with Frank Pollaro and has worked with architects like Frank Gehry, who designed a house for Pitt’s New Orleans home-building charity Make It Right.

“He has always been very passionate about art and has a huge, very interesting collection,” says the source.

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