20 Examples of Terrible Prison Artwork

Drawings and paintings created in jail by notorious criminals Charles Manson and John Wayne Gacy have become sought-after collectors items, but not every incarcerated

convict has such an artist’s eye. Witness these crimes against the art world.

20) Anyone Got an Ibuprofen? (Bill Becker)

Artist/Inmate: William Becker
Crime: First-degree murder (1 victim)
Sentence: Life
Prison: Pelican Bay State Prison (California)
Critical Analysis: A searing indictment of how prison overcrowding bends the laws of physics and violates the space-time continuum.

19) One Butt Moon (Brian Hamm)

Artist/Inmate: Brian Hamm
Crime: Unknown
Sentence: Unknown
Prison: Centennial Correctional Facility (Colorado)
Critical Analysis: Begging to be painted on black velvet, this work encapsulates man’s dominance over nature and machinery with an almost anal attention detail.

18) Come With Me If You Want to Draw (Unknown)

Artist/Inmate: Unknown
Critical Analysis: Presents a terrifyingly plausible vision of a dystopian future in which society is presided over by heavy metal album artwork.

 

ficials at the hands of weapons manufacturers who covertly welcome the creeping socialist influence of “public” broadcasting.

13) It’s About That Time (“Dave”)

Artist/Inmate: “Prisoner David”
Crime: Unknown
Sentence: Unknown
Prison: Correctional Training Facility (California)
Critical Analysis: A stark representation of the elusiveness of time, particularly for the smug blind.

12) El-Fish Presley (Phillip Jablonski)

Artist/Inmate: Phillip Jablonski
Crime: See above
Sentence: See above
Prison: See above
Critical Analysis: A game-changer of epic proportions, conceptualizing a rebuttal of global warming scenarios by triangulating the source of an apocalyptic end of days to a singing, bespectacled fish with opposable thumbs.

11) Not So Swift (Robert Bardo)

Artist/Inmate: Robert Bardo
Crime: First-degree murder (1 victim)
Sentence: Life
Prison: Mule Creek State Prison (California)
Critical Analysis: The wanton spending habits and blatant inefficiencies within the federal government are singularly personified in the bloated face of this country starlet whose rat-like face can only symbolize her over-reliance on subsidized government cheese.

10) Brokeface Mountain (Ottis Toole)

Artist/Inmate: Ottis Toole
Crime: Murder (3+ victims)
Sentence: Life (died in 1996)
Prison: Raiford Prison (Florida)
Critical Analysis: A metaphysical rumination on the ephemeral nature of life, particularly when fraternizing with cowboys carrying kn3ife-guns and floating body parts in graveyards.

9) Felony Murder Bear (Gerald Stano)

Artist/Inmate: Gerald Stano
Crime: Murder (22+ victims)
Sentence: Death (died in 1998)
Prison: Florida State Prison (Florida)
Critical Analysis: Vividly channels Picasso’s Blue Period through the filter of a criminally insane 8-year-old.

8) Never Trust a Shirtless Dwarf (Glen Rogers)

Artist/Inmate: Glen Rogers
Crime: Murder (2+ victims)
Sentence: Death
Prison: Union Correctional Institution (Florida)
Critical Analysis: A socially conscious work that challenges viewers to face the increasingly rampant juxtaposition of prescription drug abuse and inbreeding.

7) A Face Only a Mother Could Tolerate (Keith Jesperson)

Artist/Inmate: Keith Jesperson
Crime: Murder (8+ victims)
Sentence: Life
Prison: Oregon State Penitentiary (Oregon)
Critical Analysis: Embodies the ugliness of hatred, avarice, dishonesty, violence and man’s inhumanity to man…but mostly the ugliness of ugly babies.

6) Tongue You Very Much (Otto Muehl)

Artist/Inmate: Otto Muehl
Crime: Obscenity; sexual offenses involving minors
Sentence: 7 years
Prison: Unkown
Critical Analysis: A jarring evocation of the sociopolitical intricacies of the foreign policy of 18th Century Burma…with more foreplay.

5) Crouching Bird, Hidden Penis (Marie Mason)

Artist/Inmate: Marie Mason
Crime: Arson; property damage
Sentence: 22 years
Prison: Federal Medical Center Carswell (Texas)
Critical Analysis: A fascinating culture clash explodes off the canvas when the mysticism of the Far East collides with the stubbly white trash mundanity of the Midwest.

4) Insain in the Membrain (Unknown)



Artist/Inmate:
Unknown
Critical Analysis: A candid, wistful recollection of the innocence of youth: the impulsive tattoos, the stubborn inability to spell and the the financial desperation necessary to volunteer for medical testing that causes dislocated mutant Popeye arms and a hole where one’s penis should be.

3) Olive Oyl: Nude at Last (Unknown)

Artist/Inmate: Unknown
Critical Analysis: A subversive deconstruction of the female physique postulating an alternate theory of evolution in which hands and ears are interchangeable.

2) King of Slop (Robert Bardo)

Artist/Inmate: Robert Bardo
Crime: See above
Sentence: See above
Prison: See above
Critical Analysis: A willful fusion of chaos and disorder whose delicate lines echo their own edges, flouting the rules of placement and proportion in its portrayal of a cross-dressing Destro.

1) Night of the Living Bed Head (Ottis Toole)

Artist/Inmate: Ottis Toole
Crime: See above
Sentence: See above
Prison: See above
Critical Analysis: An abstract dissection of the psyche, expressing the frustration of trying to eat a bratwurst while being struck by lightning with a javelin in one’s forehead.

 

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