The choice of Johnny Depp was extremely easy, since he has been my everlasting idol, a true artist, a very talented actor and an eccentric person, often calling his sex-symbol status in question, and never using it, even refusing roles that were too mainstream. And despite all this, he is and has been part of the mainstream culture and the mass media. He is also the reason why I am painter: as a teenager, I drew a lot but wanted to try something new. As a fan, I saw this photo of Johnny Depp painting Vanessa Paradis and decided to try acrylics… I never stopped.
I painted him in October 2019, using a very recent photograph, showing him aged 56. Despite the years passing and the difficulties of life, he remains this incredibly creative person, aging well and remaining himself, as a rock (star) in the middle of a sea storm.
The collar of Johnny Depp’s blazer is a collage that tries to pay tribute to Mr. Depp’s creative sense of style. The background of this painting is abstract and with some parts slightly in volume. While focusing on portrait, I don’t forget my interest in abstract shapes and colors. This abstract background aims to show the inner creative wealth of Johnny Depp and makes a contrast with the realism of the face and body.