A New 6-minute Documentary about Jim Carrey’s Impressive Dedication to Art | I Needed Color


“Painting Frees Me, from the Past and Future, from Regret and Worry” :- Jim Carrey

People’s perception of Jim Carrey is quickly changing thanks to the new short documentary, “Jim Carrey: I Needed Colour.” In his top-grossing comedies, actor Jim Carrey displayed an antic quality that seemed to rule over his personal life as well. While other stars used interviews as opportunities to normalise themselves to the civilians in the audience, clown prince Carrey was relentless, an uncontrollable fire hose of funny faces and voices that felt not unlike demons.

As did the revelation that he spent a lot of his childhood in his bedroom drawing – the flip side to his crazy living room performances, staged, in part, to keep an emotionally troubled family from sinking any lower. He also drew in school, aggravating teachers with unauthorised portraits.

Jim Carrey painting in his studio. Courtesy of the artist.

As Carrey recalled in a 2011 interview:

After I became famous, my sixth-grade teacher sent me sketches she had confiscated. She kept them because she thought they were cute. She also knew how to harness the energy. If I was quiet, she would give me 15 minutes at the end of class to perform. Today, I’d be on Ritalin, and Ace Ventura would have never been made.

“I Needed Colour” provides viewers with a brief look (the documentary is only six minutes long) into what Carrey’s life is like, and the monumental amount of time and energy that he spends honing his craft, and his drive to do so.

Carrey shows off his various methods of creating artwork: heavy and measured brushstrokes, modelling clay, squeegeeing paint off of canvases, and then pouring paint directly on them.

Some of the artworks by Jim.

Jim Carrey, No Vacancy (2017). © Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey, This One Is Broken. Courtesy of the artist.
Jim Carrey, Eva (2016). © Jim Carrey, 2017.

 

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