JIM CARREY’S POLITICAL SIDE SEEN IN CARTOONS AT PHI CENTRE

Carrey draws Trump and his cronies in all kinds of madcap situations, the artist's pen unleashing anger, silliness and savage wit.

Jim Carrey at work in his studio: The exhibit This Light Never Goes Out: Political Cartoons by Jim Carrey runs from June 20 to Sept. 1 at the Phi Centre in Old Montreal. (PHI CENTRE / MONTREAL GAZETTE)

Jim Carrey has never been one to bite his tongue.

The Canadian actor and comedian has built a career on being a wild and crazy guy. And as seen in the 2017 VICE/Netflix documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, he’s also a smart, incisive, philosophical dude who dabbles in visual art on the side.

For the past few years, Carrey has combined all those talents into an almost daily outpouring of political cartoons, which he disseminates to his 18.4 million Twitter followers.

His muse, for better and for worse, is American President Donald Trump and his “right-wing propaganda machine.” Carrey draws Trump and his cronies in all kinds of madcap situations, the artist’s pen unleashing anger, silliness and savage wit.

But Montrealers don’t have to resort to the Twitterverse to view Carrey’s work. An exhibit of 54 of his vibrant cartoons is on display at the Phi Centre in Old Montreal from Thursday through Sept. 1.

Initial contact with Carrey was made through the Phi Centre’s head of studio, Michael Kronish, who in his previous job at VICE executive-produced Jim & Andy. Phi Centre doyenne Phoebe Greenberg then went to meet Carrey at his home in L.A. to select the pieces for the show with him.

 

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