Jim Carrey is the latest actor trying to moonlight as an artist, and his short film about painting may have a painfully hidden overtone since the tragic suicide of his ex-girlfriend, Cathriona White. But while most fans know him for his various film roles, Carrey is now taking the world by storm as a painter in the new short documentary called “I Needed Color,” which he claims allows him to connect to his “inner life.”
We know Jim Carrey for his role in movies throughout the decades.
He was awesome on the vamp comedy film “Once Bitten” in the 80s. He also made us laugh in “The Mask” franchise as well as “Ace Ventura.” There seemed to be nothing he couldn’t do.
Clearly, we didn’t know that there was a painter just beginning to come out.
Many people don’t know this about Carrey, but he’s been drawing and painting since he was a little boy, and has been a secret passion of his for quite some time.
In the video, he shares that you can tell what he loves by the color of his paintings.
You can also see what his inner life is like in the darkness and brightness in some of his paintings, which he claims is a reflection of how he feels.
Until recently, all he did was sketch, and he did it quite well too.
But it wasn’t until six years ago that he started to try his hand at painting at a time “when I was trying to heal a broken heart,” he stated.
The moment he started painting he realized he was hooked.
Painting had become some kind of obsession, and pretty soon there was simply no place in his home for people to move around, because his paintings were littering every nook and cranny.
He recalls that it had been a bleak winter in New York, where he needed color.
Though he doesn’t come out and say it directly, this may have been related to his on again, off again relationship with Cathriona White, which began in 2012 until her eventual death in 2015.
We imagine that after Cathriona’s suicide in 2015 from an overdose, Carrey painted even more.
He describes the experience of painting as finding independence and claims he loves “the freedom of it” because no one else can tell him what he can and can’t do while he paints.
While some have criticized Carrey’s style of painting, others have been a bit more encouraging.
After the short film, which was directed by David Bushell, was posted, it went viral, and celebs like LeBron James had nothing but praise for the comedian’s surprising artistic talent.
The six-minute documentary is quite an eye opener for fans of Jim Carrey.
But of course, the video only shows the massive recently revealed artistic talent occurring inside the actor’s studio space in New York City in mere glimpses.
Art has been used as a form of emotional healing for quite some time.
It’s clear that Carrey is trying to work through something that’s painful, like the loss of his ex, Cathriona White, who was in his heart despite the fact that they were no longer together.
In fact, it can be said that art is fueled by strong emotions, which Carrey clearly has.
Whenever he feels lost, angry, sad, or in pain, his drawings and paintings become an emotional outlet to express those feelings in a healthy and artistic way.
Art can take you on a journey of self-discovery, and Jim is certainly one inspiring fellow.
His work is beautiful, authentic, and soulful, but at the same time it’s also serious and awe-inspiring and embodies every form of art, and he’s fantastic in everything he creates.
Click play to discover the artistic side of Jim Carrey you never knew existed and learn the reason why he needed color in his life.