Jim Carrey has been making art since he was a child. While he’s recently been drawing pictures about the Trump administration, his latest portrait is a tribute to the victims of the Toronto van attack.
Ten people were killed after a man purposely drove a vehicle into a group of pedestrians on April 23. Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder.
Carrey posted a picture of his artwork on Twitter. It features a man covering his face with his hands. The man’s visage is also covered with a maple leaf, but his eyes are visible as if he can’t stop seeing what’s in front of him.
“I never thought I’d see a tragedy like this in beautiful Toronto,” Carrey captioned the post. “There’s no way to cover your eyes anymore. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.”
Twitter users and fans of the actor were impressed by the piece.
“Thank you for this beautiful and moving piece,” Andrea Reimer wrote. “I’m so proud to be able to call amazing people like you my fellow Canadians.”
Tracy Rohan added: “That is beautiful. Our world has transformed into something we do not recognize. So sorry for those affected. Thoughts and prayers.”
“I am in awe of your ability to use markers to create such powerful work,” a user named Barbara commented. “This made me [cry emoji]. I honour your talent and compassion. THE EYES! Such sorrow.”
The Canadian-American actor/comedian got serious about painting around seven years ago while nursing a broken heart. He explained in the 2017 documentary I Needed Colour, “When your heart is in love, you’re floating. Weightless. When you lose that love, you have to re-enter the atmosphere. And it can get pretty rough.”
For several years Carrey has been making art in his New York City art studio. He was born in Newmarket, Ontario, and moved to Toronto early in his career when he started doing stand-up comedy before making it big in Hollywood.