Johnny Depp is one of those public figures who have never been a victim of toxic fandom. Having played some of the most remarkable characters across his film career, and then getting global attention with his undeniably just victory over his ex-wife, Amber Heard, Johnny has recently touched new heights of fame and love from around the world.
Recently, the 59- year-old actor made more than $3.6 million after releasing his debut art comprising 780 prints through the Castle Fine Art gallery in London. According to reports, the prints got sold out in a “surprisingly short” time, after it was made available for sale on Thursday.
The “Friends & Heroes” collection, Johnny’s first formal attempt as a portrait artist, features Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, and Al Pacino. In this collection, Depp focused on “people he has known well, and who have inspired him as a person,” according to the art gallery.
Castle Fine Art stated about the collection, “From his dear friend Keith Richards, who inspired the mannerisms of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, to Bob Dylan, whose creative influence on the artist is seen in his vivid and immortal portrayal by Johnny.”
The limited-edition silk-screen pictures are sold individually as well as in collections of sets sold online for around US$15,000, while a single portrait sold out for over US$3,000.
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When Depp showed himself sitting in front of the art gallery’s artwork, the Castle Fine Art’s website crashed due to an unexpected surge in traffic.
His collection represents the life-long connections he made in the first half of his acting and singing career. In the 1997 murder movie “Donnie Brasco,” Al Pacino and the actor bonded through a “similar predisposition towards artistic madness.” Since then, the two have remained close friends, according to the collection brochure.
Depp described Keith Richards as “the coolest rock ‘n’ roll star of all time,” in the brochure. They both had a love of music, especially “obscure blues recordings.”
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Ahead of the Thursday release, the art gallery shared a behind-the-scenes image of Depp, painting in the studio, on their Instagram handle. Depp also posted a photo of himself posing with the four-part set that was framed and mounted on a wall the same day.
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The art gallery and Depp had finally agreed to stage his work in an exhibition at the gallery after being in talks for a long time. With this undoubted success, the art Gallery is expecting to host more of his work in the future.
The sale comes just weeks after the judge rejected Amber Heard’s request for a mistrial and ruled that the verdict in their Virginia defamation trial still stands. The verdict was delivered by a jury of seven on June 1, largely siding with Depp. After the globally watched victory, Depp thanked his supporters on social media with a heart-touching message.
Two months after he won his defamation case against his ex-wife, Johnny embarked on an excursion into the world of colors and paintings, reflecting yet another of his never-ending talents.