Johnny Depp Taking The Art World By Storm
Depp, 59, made over $3.6 million after releasing 780 prints through the Castle Fine Art gallery in London, which sold out “almost immediately” after going on sale on Thursday.
The “Friends & Heroes” collection, features four portraits of Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, Al Pacino and Keith Richards, sold both individually and as a set. According to the gallery, Depp focused on “people he has known well, and who have inspired him as a person.”
“Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny’s eyes; a portrayal of how they have revealed themselves to him,” Castle Fine Art said of the pop-meets-street art. “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.”
Each limited edition portrait is listed online for $3,973, with the set of four on sale for $15,040.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings, and to reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire,” Depp said in a statement shared by the gallery. “My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.”
The gallery posted a behind-the-scenes photo to Instagram of Depp painting in the studio ahead of Thursday’s release. The same day, the Pirates of the Caribbean star shared a photo of himself posing with the four-piece set, framed and hung on a wall.
Fans raved over the collection, and “this world-first release proved to be our fastest-selling collection to date, selling out in just hours,” Castle Fine Art said.