Just two months after the verdict in his ex-wife Amber Heard’s defamation trial, which still has legal consequences and outstanding payments, was announced, actor Johnny Depp, 59, has taken advantage of the media frenzy and the support he’s receiving from his unconditional fans to launch his latest artistic project, this time through portraits, after recently announcing that he will also be releasing his first music album.
the protagonist of Pirates of the Caribbean has raised more than three million pounds (3.5 million euros) with the sale of 780 limited edition lithographs signed by the actor within his titled debut collection friends and heroesvia the British Gallery castle art. It was last Thursday when Depp announced the sale of his works your Instagram account where he accumulates more than 27 million followers who came to block the gallery’s website. Individual framed works range from £3,950 (€4,700) to £14,950 (€17,850). It was reported by the art gallery that the collection was “officially sold out” which was “the fastest sale yet as it sold out in just a few hours”.
Inspired by friends or iconic stars, the collection includes portraits of personalities such as singer Bob Dylan, the actor’s friend and personal hero; Keith Richards, who inspired Depp to create his character Jack Sparrow, and actors like Al Pacino, a close friend since they starred in the crime drama Donnie Brasco (1997) and legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor.
“I’ve always used art to express my feelings and to reflect on the people who are most important to me, like my family, friends and the people I admire,” he explained network by Castle Fine Art the artist who defines his art as a mixture of “pop and street”. The gallery describes his work as “created from photographic references,” with “each image reduced to a simpler, more iconic representation of the subject, which Johnny then developed and energized with his signature freehand strokes.”
This sale comes just days after a Virginia judge denied actress Amber Heard’s request for a new defamation trial against Johnny Depp. Heard’s attorneys filed a motion asking the judge to vacate the sentence, which netted Depp $10.35 million. The reason, according to the defense, is that the verdict was not supported by sufficient evidence at the trial. The lawsuit was one of the most followed in recent memory, even being compared to that of OJ Simpson in 1995, which was dubbed the “trial of the century.” Following the ruling, several feminist groups warned of the harm they could do to the me-too movement, which could dissuade women who have suffered mistreatment, abuse or sexual violence from reporting them for fear of future defamation lawsuits.