With very few film roles and even fewer public appearances, Carrey has been focussing his time and boundless energy on his art. But, his art isn't quite what you'd expect from an actor famous for his bizarre and quirky comical performances.
Carrey took part in a mini documentary titled I Needed Color, which documents his artistic talent. The show, which runs for just over six minutes, shows Carrey working in his New York City studio. Naturally, he is completely immersed within the project, although this time there is no slapstick comedy in sight.
"I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it," explains Carrey. "No one else tells you what you can or can't do, most of the time. And there's an immediacy to it."
Carrey's work is a mixture of color and shapes. The carefully produced pieces clearly show the inner workings of Carrey's mind. While on the surface he appears nothing more than a comedian, deeper within he is evidently in touch with his more serious side.
"I think what makes someone an artist is they make models of their inner life," Carrey said in the video. "They make something come into physical being that is inspired by their emotions or their needs or what they feel the audience needs."
Carrey fans were left speechless by the revelation, with the documentary racking up millions of views online. It even captured the attention of NBA star LeBron James who tweeted his interest in Carrey's work and suggested the pair meet to discuss it.
He began to paint six years ago as a way to "heal a broken heart", but it wasn't until he "really" started to paint that he became "obsessed". Luckily for Carrey, his heartbreak helped him produce some of his best work yet.
"When you're falling in love, you're floating, weightless," Carrey said. "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."