Johnny Depp, who dominated public discourse surrounding his infamous lawsuit with Amber Heard, has since ventured into the world of professional art with his first debut art collection—raising around £3 million in just a few hours, Sky News reported.
The Pirates of the Caribbean alum took to Instagram and announced to his over 27 million followers that his artwork would be displayed for the first time in Castle Fine Art gallery in Covent Garden, London. The series, titled ‘Friends And Heroes’, showcases four portraits of people that have inspired him.
The four people in question are: actor Al Pacino, Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, actress Elizabeth Taylor and singer Bob Dylan. Depp’s collaboration with Castle Fine Art gallery also involved selling prints of the aforementioned pieces alongside “characteristic freehand pieces,” which sold out in mere hours.
“Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny’s eyes; a portrayal of how they have revealed themselves to him. From his dear friend Keith Richards, who inspired the mannerisms of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow, to Bob Dylan, whose creative influence on the artist is seen in his vivid and immortal portrayal by Johnny,” the gallery wrote on the collection.
According to Sky News’ account, following Depp’s announcement on Instagram which linked to the page where you could purchase the works, Castle Fine Art’s website crashed amid a massive rush of traffic. All 780 images had been purchased, including framed individual prints going for £3,950 each and all four selling for £14,950.
The gallery took to its official Instagram page today to announce the collection was completely sold out. “The world-first release proved to be our fastest-selling collection to date, with all titles selling out in just hours,” Castle Fine Art continued.
This likely won’t be the last showcase of Depp’s work with the gallery as more is to be expected in the future.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on those who matter most to me, like my family, friends and people I admire,” Depp said, as per Sky News. “My paintings surround my life, but I kept them to myself and limited myself. No one should ever limit themselves.”