Beloved for his elastic face and frenzied comedy, Jim Carrey, like many funny people, has a quiet side. For the past few years the actor has become obsessed with painting, filling his New York apartment with massive canvasses covered in bold colors and wide, gestural brushstrokes. His new mini-documentary about his experience creating art clocks in at just seven minutes long, but it's enough to communicate a simple message: creating art can be healing.
Carrey's paintings vary from depressive to trite to hopeful, from cut-up self-portraits to literal bleeding hearts. One surprising theme in his work is portraits of Jesus Christ. Many modern and contemporary artists have painted Christ, Salvador Dali hoping to combine the spiritual with atomic science, James Ensor to shock his audience. Carrey doesn't know or care if Jesus was a real person, he paints the portraits with an intent to heal, saying, "the paintings of Jesus are my desire to convey Christ's consciousness I wanted you to have the feeling when you looked in his eyes, that he was accepting of who you are. I wanted him to be able to stare at you, and heal you from the painting."
You can watch Carrey's short documentary on Vimeo. And a note to Jonathan Jones, art writer for The Guardian, who claims that celebrities shouldn't and should instead "support and popularise real art" — there's no such thing as 'real art.' If you express yourself creatively, that's it. You're an artist. Neither skill nor celebrity status should prevent you from expressing yourself.