I Needed Color Reveals How Jim Carrey Uses Art To Fight Depression

I Needed Color [Credit: Signature Gallery Group/Vimeo]

By David Opie

Following his starring roles in Kick-Ass 2 and Dumb and Dumber To, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Jim Carrey went the same way as Colonel Stars and StripesAside from a small role in The Bad Batch and a memorable appearance at the 2017 Golden Globes, the former king of comedy has stepped out of the limelight in recent years, with little explanation as to why. However, a new documentary called I Needed Color reveals that Carrey is back — and doing something rather majestic, and yet totally unexpected.

Directed and produced by David Bushell, the six minute short follows Carrey hard at work in his NYC art studio, painting beautiful pieces of art that explode off the canvas like his quick-fire jokes from yesteryear. Veering between the surreal and the religious, Carrey’s creations remind us that he is first and foremost an artist, whether he’s working with paint, sculpture or film.

See what Jim Carrey’s been doing recently by watching I Needed Color below:

Why Did Jim Carrey Start Painting?

With the aim of healing “a broken heart,” Carrey first took up painting six years ago and managed to produce some of his best work in a long time through doing so. Fans of the documentary seem to agree, as it’s racked up 2.4 million views in the three weeks since I Needed Color first premiered online.

In I Needed Color, Carrey hints at why he’s no longer a Yes Man when it comes to Hollywood scripts, explaining that:

“I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life. They make something come into physical being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs.”

Carrey isn’t the only celebrity whose talents stretch far beyond their on-screen work. Emma Watson has been a certified yoga teacher for years, Daniel Day Lewis learned how to make shoes, and numerous stars such as Scarlett Johansson and Clint Eastwood perform music. Yet the clips shown in I Needed Color suggest that Jim Carrey’s passion for paint is more than just a pastime.

You don’t need to be a detective — pet or otherwise — to see how Carrey uses art as a cathartic means of healing following his battle with depression. This is particularly understandable given how turbulent and traumatic Carrey’s personal life has been in recent years.

As Carrey himself says in relation to his art:

“I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it. No one else tells you what you can or can’t do, most of the time. And there’s an immediacy to it.”

I Needed Color [Credit: Signature Gallery Group/Vimeo]
I Needed Color [Credit: Signature Gallery Group/Vimeo]

It’s no wonder that Carrey has become driven to explore his creativity in other ways. Despite finding fame in comedies such as The Mask andLiar Liar, Jim Carrey has long sought to express himself through other means, including more serious work in films such as the award-winning Man On The Moon and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. It’s commendable that Carrey has chosen to fulfil himself creatively through something that he loves.

Carrey may have “needed color” back in his life, but we needed Jim Carrey back in ours. It’s extremely gratifying for fans to see the star work passionately on something that he loves, while inspiring others who struggle to cope with depression. Carrey almighty indeed.

What do you think of Jim Carrey’s artwork? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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