his serigraphs sold for 5 million euros
Completing the series called Friends and Heroes, prints of portraits of Bob Marley, Hunter S. Thompson, River Phoenix and Heath Ledger sold out in record time for 5,000 euros each.
Johnny Depp has already proven with the music that his talent was not limited to the film industry alone. Also passionate about the visual arts, the actor launched himself last summer, selling a series of serigraphs that the public snatched away, in a few hours.
Exhibited in the British gallery Castle Fine Art, specializing in people and the world of cinema, the collection called Friends and Heroes included portraits of Hollywood and rock icons that inspired the actor to Pirates of the Caribbean, to know Bob Dylanthe late actress Elizabeth Taylorthe actor Al Pacino and the Rolling Stones musician Keith Richards.
“The first pieces of his collection Friends & Heroesreleased in July 2022, sold out within hours and there was so much interest in Johnny’s artistic debut that interest from collectors around the world crashed our website!” can we read on the gallery’s website.
The actor and the same gallery repeated the feat a few days ago for the same outcome. New portraits celebrating the art of Bob Marley and his friends writer Hunter S. Thompson and actors River Phoenix and Heath Ledger, who died in 2008 at age 28, complete the first series. “Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny’s eyes; a depiction of how they revealed themselves to him, personally or through their art», Specifies the gallery.
These intimate portraits flew away as soon as they were put on sale and at exorbitant prices. Sold between 4,500 and 17,500 pounds for the set of four framed prints (respectively 5,000 and 19,700 euros), they earned him no less than 4.5 million pounds (i.e. five million euros) according to the Times and the DailyMail. Each serigraph was printed in 195 copies.
For the actor, this work is about homage, gratitude, a way of “just say thank you to all these people for being in my life…”, he expressed on the gallery’s website. “I have always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who mean the most to me, such as my family, my friends and the people I look up to. My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves,” bid the actor evoking the springs of his new artistic talent.
Johnny Depp talks about his series Friends and Heroes (in English)