Jim Carrey Invites Viewers To See His Artistic Side In A New Documentary

“The bottom line with this, whether it’s performance or art or sculpture, is love."

You might know Jim Carrey for his iconic characters — Ace Ventura, The Mask, and The Riddler, just to name a few — but we bet you didn't know he was a painter, too. In a new documentary short titled I Needed Color, the 55-year-old gives us a look inside his New York City studio, his artwork, and — most importantly — his psyche.


"You can tell what I love by the color of the paintings," Carrey says. "You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them and you can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them."

For this multi-hyphenate, painting is a relatively new venture — though art has always been a part of his life. Though he was always one to create sketches, Carrey ventured into the world of painting six years ago at a time he was "trying to heal a broken heart."

"When you're falling in love, you're floating, weightless," Carrey explains, showing a painting of a heart catching fire as it does what he is describing. "But when you lose that love, you have to reenter the atmosphere and it can get pretty rough, because you're just bouncing off one molecule and onto the next, rippin' through them at such a pace that they just ignite and explode, until you find another heart that's doing the same thing, has landed and cooled, and then you start to float again."

The Golden Globe-winning actor admits to liking the "independence" and loving the "freedom" of expressing himself through painting, noting that it is both "servicing your subconscious" and "doing something that someone is going to relate to hopefully" at the same time.

"I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life," Carrey adds. "They make something physically come into being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs."

When it comes to learning from this passion, Carrey — who thinks "something inside of you is always telling a story" — notes that he doesn't know if painting teaches him anything. What it does, however, is frees him from the future, the past, from regret, and from worry. 

"The bottom line with this, whether it's performance or art or sculpture, is love," Carrey concludes. "We want to show ourselves and have that be accepted. I love being alive and the art is the evidence of that."

Watch the full documentary short here:


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