Keith Richards, Friends & Heroes I


Johnny's friendship with Keith Richards began in the late 1990s over a mutual love for music. In Johnny's eyes, Keith is "the coolest rock n' roll star of all time," which aligns with his view of pirates as the rock n' roll stars of the 18th century. This resulted in one of the most iconic characters that the actor has ever played, as Johnny adopted Keith's mannerisms when playing Captain Jack Sparrow; whose father was later played by Keith himself in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and On Stranger Tides.

This mesmerising limited edition artwork by Johnny captures Keith as a buccaneering hero through bright colours and bold lines. The delicate smoke blends into Keith's hair and frames his face; projecting a sense of power whilst also conveying the gracious, sweet, and welcoming friend that Johnny intended to portray in the collection named Friends & Heroes I.

The Collection

Johnny’s debut collection Friends & Heroes sees him focus on people he has known well, and who have inspired him as a person. Each image is an intimate reflection of their character in Johnny's eyes; a portrayal of how they have revealed themselves to him. Working from photographic references, each image has been stripped back to a simpler and iconic portrayal of the subject, which Johnny has then developed and energised with his characteristic freehand flourishes. 

In addition to being hand-signed by the artist, this limited edition artwork is embossed with Johnny's iconic Bunnyman logo. The Bunnyman's form was inspired by a sketch drawn by Johnny’s son Jack, who saw the figure in a dream when he was five years old. Remarkably, Johnny remembered seeing the same character in his own dreams and recognised The Bunnyman as a friendly warrior, who stands at the doorway between reality and imagination. Johnny later realised the iconic figure on a large canvas, and it has since come to symbolise both him and his work. The Bunnyman is now being registered as a global trademark and, along with Johnny’s initials, it represents an additional guarantee of authenticity beyond his handwritten signature.

Photographic reference- Stephanie Pfriender Stylander.

You may also like