Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada in 1962, Jim Carrey found his true calling at an early age when he was still performing in front of his classmates in elementary school. By the time he turned 15, he was already accustomed to holding comedy shows at Yuk Yuk's, a famous Toronto club that was the focal point of Jim's creativity until the point he decided to pack his bags and move to Los Angeles in search of greater opportunities.
The rest is, as they say, history. Jim Carrey went on to become an icon of Hollywood, proving to be his generation's leading figure in physical comedy. He also stared in some landmark movies not entirely associated with the comedy genre, breaking new ground with films like Man on the Moon, The Truman Show and the incredible Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
A lesser known fact about Jim Carrey is that, besides making people laugh on the big screen, this professional actor is also a very interesting and prolific painter. He has been drawing and painting since he was a kid and, for several years now, Carrey has been making art that is as diverse, expressive and emotional as the on-screen characters he brings to life.
Most of Jim Carrey's art can be viewed at Wyland Galleries Beachwalk in Waikiki, Hawaii, and at Wyland Galleries Lake Tahoe, California, where he is a permanent artist.
Usually painting inside his New York studio whenever he is not involved with a movie project of some sort, Carrey's body of work was often doubted and questioned by the public, sometimes due to the messages they stood for and other times because of their visuals. Yet, his art is certainly an interesting topic to discuss, so we thought now might be the perfect time to reflect back and list the most noteworthy of all Jim Carrey pictures, starting with the controversial image that recently set Twitter on fire.
Featured image: Two Photos of Jim Carrey, both via wikimedia.org. All images via jimcarreyonline.com.
For his most recent painting on this list, Jim Carrey turned his creative energies toward the notorious Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting. The image made quite a boom on the social media when the artist published it on his Twitter account followed by nearly 18 million fans.
Oh say, can't you see?! pic.twitter.com/SFAgo4MkgS
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 25, 2018
Controversially titled as Oh Say, Can’t You See?!, this painting caused mixed reactions at best, with most negative comments referring to the fact the 56-year-old’s work portrays the blood of a teen shooting victim as red stripes of the American flag.
Presented with an interesting balance levitating between abstraction and figuration, Hooray We Are All Broken was Jim's way of tackling what he calls as "the so-called reality." Seeing the world around him as nothing more than energy and color creating forms out of nothing. Carrey explained the piece's deep meaning with the following statement:
Broken figures dancing for each other filled with pain and polka dots, sharing one frequency, yet believing they are separate.
Also counted among the most controversial of all the Jim Carrey pieces, Electric Jesus is a result of the painter's catholic upbringing:
For The Prince of Peace to gaze into your eyes and see everything you are with total acceptance, forgiveness and love.
Not really interested in whether Christ's story is metaphorical or literal, Carrey wanted to capture Jesus' spirit in order to ultimately understand how his energy manifests as electricity in all things.
She's The Bomb is Jim Carrey's pictorial interpretation of a women's sexual power which, both intoxicating and hypnotic, holds within it "both the promise of ecstasy and the threat of desolation."
The painting features a lady's face within an atomic bomb's explosion rendered in a characteristically colorful fashion.
Carrey always saw sunshower as a miracle - for him, it symbolizes the dark and the light, the beauty and the pain of existence, as well as a mean of cleansing that brings you to a greater appreciation of life.
Appropriately titled Sunshower, this was Jim's attempt to capture such deep and challenging concepts on a canvas.
Featuring a simple and colorful bouquet of flowers, this painting was Jim Carrey's way of offering an expression of love and appreciation to womankind. Titled Valentine, it was also intended to be a "signal of welcome to all sacred feminine tenderness."
Prison of Becoming is yet another of Jim Carrey paintings that tackles a deep and meaningful subject matter. In it, Jim presented a pair of hands with a butterfly resting upon a single finger, with the text saying "... and in that moment, he was freed from the prison of becoming" covering a vast majority of the painting's surface.
Presenting one of the most iconic film faces of all time, this painting was a little nod Jim gave to an actor who initially inspired him to pursue a career in the film industry. As the title of the painting explains very well, Carrey portrayed James Dean when he was at the age of six, which gives the entire piece a strong sense of amity, something most other Dean portraits simply lack.
Done in an unusual minimalist fashion not often seen in Jim's oeuvre, More More More features four repeating words on a black background. With a completely vague meaning that can be linked to just about anything you'd like, this is truly a standout of Carrey's paintings due to its unusual visuals and universal meaning.
Bada Boom features a mysterious figure seemingly lost in a dynamic mixture of rhythm and color as he's dancing his worries away. The figure is essentially portrayed as a silhouette, but his entire body is defined by bright red lines that overlap each other and give away the subject's shape.
Jim Carrey also didn’t miss the opportunity to wittily comment on the whole Facebook data breach scandal. On Twitter again, he released an image of his painting featuring Mark Zuckerberg, the thumb-up icon turned down, and a quote from Zuckerberg made in 2004: They trust me, dumb fucks.
Carrey also captioned the pic, “Who are you sharing your life with? #regulatefacebook.”