Johnny Depp's Artwork

Johnny Depp is well known for his diverse acting ability. Many are aware that he came to acting as a means of support while he was working to get his career off the ground as a guitarist for The Kids. It is less well known that he is an accomplished artist.

Johnny has painted many famous people including Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Kerouac and Marlon Brando. He also enjoys painting his children and partner, Vanessa Paradis. In an interview with Douglas Brinkley for Vanity Fair (July 2009), he stated, "What I love to do is paint people's faces, y'know, their eyes. Because you want to find the emotion, see what's going on behind their eyes."

Below is a sampling of Johnny artwork. Click on the thumbnail to view the photos in full size.

(Contributor: Ila)

Antonin Artaud
"I see him as someone who came before us, who knew; and who arrived at a point that some of us - most of us - won't arrive at." --Johnny Depp

Vanessa Paradis
CD cover art for Bliss, released November 7, 2000

"My boot is like an old girlfriend. We are always together and we lived so many things together! I just wanted to give her an homage for its loyalty and being there." --Johnny Depp

Boot Revisited
Tim Burton and Edward Scissorhands added

Marlon Brando
"He was a great teacher for me, a great mentor, a great friend." --Johnny Depp

Self - hanging upside down
This painting can be seen in photos taken by Annie Liebovitz at Johnny's Los Angeles home.

Tim Burton
"I respect him so much and love him so much as a filmmaker." --Johnny Depp

Vanessa Paradis
CD cover art for Divinidylle, released September 3, 2007

Betty Sue
"She's just one of the smartest, funniest, greatest people I've ever been lucky enough to know. She's truly one of my best friends." --Johnny Depp

Tracey Jacobs
"Thank you is not nearly enough. You believed in me when no one else did, or would." --Johnny Depp (from a letter to Tracey published in Variety magazine)

Vanessa Paradis
"I pretty much fell in love with Vanessa the moment I set eyes on her." --Johnny Depp

Hermano, Spanish for brother, was painted for Jordi Molla. (Diego Delgado in Blow) --Johnny Depp

Julian Schnabel
"I'd known Julian Schnabel for years from New York - a witty guy, even if all his droll stories are about himself." (Director of Before Night Falls) --Johnny Depp).

Keith Richards
"He was one of the people I admired for what he has done and how he's handled it. Forty-whatever years of being a god. And he's just cool." --Johnny Depp

Christophe D'Yvoire Photoshoot (2000)
Johnny doodles on photographs he had taken of himself.

Serge Gainsbourg
"There's nothing anyone can really say about Gainsbourg other than 'one of the greatest minds of any century'." --Johnny Depp

This sketch is believed to have been a contribution for a fundraising event. If you have any further information, please e-mail the Director.

This sketch is believed to have been a contribution for a fundraising event. If you have any further information, please e-mail the Director.

Hurricane Katrina Benefit
A doodle of a heart created and donated by Johnny to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Patti Smith
Wrapping paper created for The Katine Project charity fundraiser, Christmas appeal 2008, as published in The Guardian

Self Portrait
This self portrait was used as the cover of Studio Magazine, February 2000.

Plates for Parkinson's 2008
Johnny's contribution for an auction of celebrity autographed plates in benefit of the Parkinson Society Maritime Region.

Plates for Parkinson's 2009
Johnny's second contribution to benefit the Parkinson Society Maritime Region.

Captain Jack Sparrow Egg
A Faberge-style wooden egg designed by Johnny for the 'Eggstravaganza', a benefit for The Royal Blind School in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2010