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Johnny Depp: Actor, Musician & Artist

Self Portrait by Johnny Depp

Self Portrait by Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp the actor has many fans and admirers, however, many people don’t know about Johnny Depp the musician and painter. Johhny Depp says that his first love was music.  He began playing guitar as a teenager and he first came to Los Angeles with a band called The Kids. It wasn’t until The Kids disbanded that Johnny needed money and began acting.

Somewhere along the way Johnny Depp began painting. According to an interview with Vanity Fair, whenever Depp gets bored or can’t sleep, he paints—specializing in oil portraits. “When I can focus on something like guitar or painting, I do,” he says. “I started painting people I admire, like Kerouac, Bob Dylan, Nelson Algren, Marlon Brando, Patti Smith, my girl, my kids. I painted Hunter a couple of times. Keith Richards. What I love to do is paint people’s faces, y’know, their eyes. Because you want to find that emotion, see what’s going on behind their eyes.”

He also uses his artwork to prepare for his acting roles. According to a LA Times interview, “When he takes on a role, Johnny Depp often paints a watercolor portrait of the still-forming character to help find his face and personality.”

The video clip below is from the Bravo Profile of Johnny Depp. His artwork is briefly discussed, and a few of his paintings are shown at about the 4 minute, 30 second mark.


Take a look at the Pop Life Art celebrity artists list for links to the artwork of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians.