Shaming Jim Carrey's artistic pursuits is wrong
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Just a couple of weeks ago, Jim Carrey released a mini-documentary about his artistic journey in the last six years. ‘I Needed Color’ is a reference to a bleak and depressing day in New York, which sparked his longing for vibrant colours. The six-minute long video sees Carrey in his art studio and features a number of stunningly colourful paintings, as well as a handful of sculptures. We are told that he took up painting, despite having sketched as a child, for the first time some years ago as a way to heal a broken heart. The recent upload to Vimeo has made his art the subject of many articles these past few weeks, most of them providing a positive, even encouraging, response. However, this has not been the case for all. The Guardian writer Jonathan Jones chose to write a piece, ‘Jim Carrey’s art is yet more proof that Hollywood stars should avoid the canvas’, in which he slated the comic actor’s artistic endeavours, stating that “he is an astonishingly bad painter and sculptor… [the video] of his artistic efforts makes for painful viewing”. Going even further, he accused actors-turned-artists of lacking soul, stating that these attempts at art can only be regarded as a “horrible delusion that encourages the worst kind of unexpressive, oddly impersonal pretentiousness”. Carrey’s venture into painting and sculpture was likely prompted by a relapse in his well-documented battle with depression, particularly in the last few years, that followed the suicide of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White. Her death was blamed on Carrey by White’s estranged husband, and later her mother in a wrongful-death lawsuit. Hinting at some of his art’s darker emotional groundings, Carrey states in the documentary that painting “frees me. Free from the future, free from the past, free from regret."
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