Johnny Depp has shown a self-portrait he created during his ‘dark’ divorce proceedings with ex-wife Amber Heard.
Castle Fine Art displayed the actor’s sculpture ‘Five,’ which he produced during his five-year court struggle with his ex-wife.
The 60-year-old started painting the piece in 2021 and finished it early this year at the studio of British painter Ralph Steadman.
The sculpture has a starting price of £1,950 (AUD $2,876) and will only be available for 13 days.
Deep said in a video interview that he did this in [illustrator] Ralph Steadman’s studio around 2021.
This self-portrait was created during a period that was, let’s say, a little dark and puzzling. He looked at it, and, for some reason, he believed it required something additional. It needs more information.
During this time, he started counting down the years and scribbled the word ‘five,’ to which he acknowledged he was approaching his “fifth year of madness.”
Doing a self-portrait isn’t the most comfortable thing to do, he remarked. However, in a strange way, almost everything one does is a self-portrait in some way.
The picture is based on a photograph from Dior’s ‘Sauvage’ campaign.
Depp reportedly picked this photograph in honor of Dior to demonstrate the dedication they’ve always shown him.
To Johnny, the image represents the value of honesty and the unwavering support of those who remain close to one another during difficult times, as the gallery notes on its website.
Previously, the Edward Scissorhands actor earned over $3.6 million (AUD $5.3 million) through the sale of his inaugural art collection, ‘Friends & Heroes’ in 2022.
The portraits in the series show intimate friends and others he admires, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Heath Ledger, Hunter S. Thompson, Keith Richards, and Al Pacino.
Deep said in a statement that he has always used art to convey his emotions and ponder those who matter the most to him, like his family, friends, and individuals he admires.
His paintings are all around him, but he keeps them to himself and limits himself. Nobody should ever restrict themselves.
Depp won a defamation case against his ex-wife in June 2022, with the jury ruling that she defamed him in her 2018 Washington Post op-ed, in which she claimed she had been physically and emotionally tortured.
The actor was granted $10 million (AUD $14.1 million) in compensation damages and $5 million (AUD $7.3 million) in punitive damages, which were ultimately reduced to $365,000 (AUD $538,966).
The legal teams representing the former spouses reached an arrangement, and Heard’s insurance company paid the actor $1 million, bringing the dispute to an end.
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