You know Jim Carrey as the actor who stole your hearts in Bruce Almighty or if you’re a cult classics fan, in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. You know him as the over-dramatic, overzealous comedian with a solid comic timing and an inane set of expressions that still make you laugh out loud whenever you watch one of his movies.

But do you know Jim Carrey, the painter? Of course, if you’ve been following him on social media (more specifically on Twitter) you probably already knew that Jim Carrey is quite handy with a paintbrush.


But for those of you who didn’t know, you should watch the recently released short-film “I Needed Colour”. The film, directed by David Bushell basically explores the actor’s initial reasons for turning to art as a form of cathartic release and the reasons that have kept him there ever since.

The film opens with a shot of Jim Carrey lying on his stomach on a solid metal structure on top of a gigantic canvas, painting the very centre of it. His voice, calm and peaceful, narrating in the background says, “What you do in life chooses you. You can choose not to do it. You can choose to try to do something safer…”

And right then you know this film is about to be an insightful little journey into the actor’s mind and his life.

An Insight Into The Actor’s Childhood

He shares tid-bits from his childhood and says that, “I was not the type of kid you could say as a punishment ‘go to your room’ because my room was heaven to me; my isolation was welcome.”

He also says that as a child, he spent half his time in the living room performing for people, and the other half in his bedroom by himself, writing poetry and sketching. He even shares a snap of a sketch of a giraffe with his name scribbled on the bottom, a picture I’m assuming he made when he was a kid.

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The Reason It All Began

He then goes on to share why he started painting in the first place and tells us that though he used to sketch all the time, it was only at a time, when he was trying to heal a broken heart, a few years ago, that he decided to pick up a brush and have a go at it.

And now, it’s what he does. He thoroughly enjoys it and finds that it can be a powerful medium for a release. He says, “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…”


In the way he describes his paintings, he makes it known very plainly that his art reflects his mind and his life and that there is nothing about them that is fake or inauthentic. He says that we could tell what he loves by the colour of the paintings; that we could differentiate between his demons and his desired by analysing the darkness and brightness of the paintings.

Have a look at these wonderful paintings!


According to a certain report, Jim Carrey’s paintings are available to buy at a special art event hosted by Signature Galleries in Las Vegas, the tickets for which are set at a whopping $10,000 per couple.

Image Credits: Google Images


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