Prisoner Art

All of the art in this section was drawn, painted or created by men and women behind bars. The source is issues of Cell Door Magazine that have been published online between 1999 and 2011. Some of the images contain graphic content having to do with arrest, confinement, and the Electric Chair, while others are peaceful and serene.  One thread that runs through many of the images is the American West, and Native Americans. Many display stiking talent that has probably been nurtured by the time afforded by confinement.

 

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African Princess by Louis Osei Cotton 2000

African Princess by Louis Osei Cotton 2000

 

Art by Michael Tennyson 2006

Art by Michael Tenneson, 2006

 

Art by Tommy Silverstein 1999

Art by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

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Artist Response by Stephen Ainsworth 1999

Artist Repose by Stephen Ainsworth, 1999

 

Attitude Adjustment by Stephen Ainsworth 1998

Attitude Adjustment by Stephen Ainsworth, 1998

 

Boy Crying by Louis Osei Cotton 2000

Boy Crying by Louis Osei Cotton, 2000

 

Caged Woman by Louis Osei Cotton 2000

Caged Woman by Louis Osei Cotton, 2000

 

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Childrens Crusade by Tommy Silversein 1999

Childrens Crusade by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

Corner of LA and Crack by Tommy Silverstein 1999

Corner of LA and Crack by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

Electrifying Electrocution by Tommy Silverstien 1999

Electrifying Electrocution by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

Fatilis Cifra by Stephen Ainsworth 2000

Fatilis Cifra by Stephen Ainsworth, 2000

 

Freedom in His Eye by Stephen Ainsworth 1999

Freedom in His Eye by Stephen Ainsworth, 1999

 

Happy Trails by Richard Chapman 2003

Happy Trails by Richard Chapman, 2003

 

Lightning Strikes by Richard Chapman 2003

Lightning Strikes by Richard Chapman, 2003

 

Little Girl With Horses by Michael Tenneson 2007

Little Girl With Horses by Michael Tenneson, 2007

 

Most Significant Change M J Rowe

Most Significant Change by M. J. Rowe

 

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Native America by Richard Chapman 2003

Native American by Richard Chapman, 2003

 

Native American Before the Factory by Tommy Silverstein 1999

Native American Before the Factory by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

Oversight by Bruce Phillips

Oversight by Bruce Phillips

 

Pensive Memorial Man by Tommy Silverstein 1999

Pensive Memorial Man by Tommy Silverstein, 1999

 

red necklace set michael tenneson robert davisRed Necklace Set by Michael Tennyson and Robert Davis

 

Rodeo Michael Tenneson

Rodeo by Michael Tenneson

 

Running Out of Time by Stephen Ainsworth 1999

Running Out of Time by Stephen Ainsworth, 1999

 

Sheepish Dog by Louis Osei Cotton 2000

Sheepish Dog by Louis Osei Cotton, 2000

 

silhouette M J Rowe

Silhouette by M. J. Rowe

 

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Standin on the Corner by Mary J

Standin' on the Corner by Mary J

 

Sunflower by Karl Chamberlain 2007

Sunflower by Karl Chamberlain, 2007

 

The Artiste by Stephen Ainsworth 1996

The Artiste by Stephen Ainsworth, 1996

 

the lovers richard cahpman 2001

The Lovers by Richard Chapman, 2000

 

Vertical Vision by Stephen K Ainsworth 1999

Vertical Vision by Stephen K Ainsworth, 1999

 

Y2K Self by Stephen Ainsworth 2000

Y2K Self by Stephen Ainsworth, 2000

 

yard bird steven ainsworth 1999

Yard Bird by Stephen Ainsworth, 1999

 

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