We are delighted to announce that Castle Fine Art will be exclusively launching more limited edition pieces by acclaimed actor and artist Johnny Depp. The first pieces from his Friends & Heroes collection, released in July 2022, sold out in hours and there was so much interest in Johnny’s art debut that interest from collectors around the world crashed our website!
Friends & Heroes was our fastest-selling collection ever, with the silkscreens featuring Bob Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Richards and Al Pacino. As well as being cultural icons, Johnny is proud to call all of them friends, adding a real emotional weight to the pieces. Working from photographic references, each image was stripped back to a simpler and iconic portrayal of the subject, which Johnny then developed and energised with his characteristic freehand flourishes.
Johnny Depp’s new pieces for Castle Fine Art will be additions to the Friends & Heroes collection, and are sure to create just as much of a frenzy as his debut. To be the first to find out about his new works, sign up to our newsletter to get exclusive access to information on the new limited editions, signed by Johnny – it’s the only way to secure one of his extraordinary pieces!
From his prolific film career creating some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters, to his time on stage with his close friend, the late Jeff Beck, the album they made together, and a 2023 European tour with supergroup the Hollywood Vampires, Johnny Depp’s creative restlessness and exploration knows no bounds.
In addition, he has for many years established himself as an art collector of great merit, with some of the world’s most coveted names in contemporary art in his private collection. From Basquiat to Banksy, Depp has amassed an extraordinary portfolio that demonstrates his love for visual art. However, until the release of his first collection for Castle Fine Art, it was less widely known that Depp was also an artist and creator in his own right, having discovered an innate love for drawing and painting in his childhood, long before music and film first featured in his life.
With his sketchbook as a permanent fixture in his hand, rarely is there a time when Depp isn’t sketching or conceptualising the world around him. His mind rejects the ordinary, challenges the accepted and oscillates between the pictorial and the lyrical, giving rise to his own multi-layered expressionistic style.
Johnny’s very fluent, expressive style is in the vein of the Neo-Expressionists. Artists in this movement abandon any sense of wanting to imitate nature and instead seek to express their emotional experience in art centred around their emotions and inner turmoil. Neo-Expressionist art is characterised by intense subjectivity, highly textural applications of paint and other materials, vividly contrasting colours and imagery that tells a story.
Influences on Johnny’s art have included working alongside the noted Neo-Expressionist American painter and film-maker Julian Schnabel, and his early recognition of the genius of another Neo-Expressionist: Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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