Art from the Inside
Please enjoy the artwork of individuals we have interviewed while incarcerated. Their palate provides insight into the struggles incarcerated people face while revealing their life behind the bars. The art within this gallery gives our artists an outlet to express their thoughts, feelings, pains and dreams in a positive way that may not be possible in any other form. The art you see here is their outlet. They use seven elements to create: line, color, value, shape, form, space, and texture. We hope their work will expand your knowledge, understanding and appreciation surrounding the difficulties incarcerated individuals endure.
Artist JonJon, 42 years old Incarcerated: 7 years I found Christ and my spiritual life has grown along with my faith and hope. I am sharing with Humans of San Quentin to give back and hopefully share some smiles, positivity, and inspire others. I love volunteering...
Artist Gerardo "Jerry" "Junebug"Gerardo “Jerry” “Junebug”, 39Incarcerated: 16 yearsHoused: Centinela State Prison, Imperial, California Prior to prison I was a college athlete running track and playing baseball. I had a full time job as a fitness...
A nineteenth century American painter once observed that the purpose of art is not to teach, but to evoke an emotion. I hope the works that I present to the world today evoke emotions and express who I am today. It is liberating to be seen in my authenticity.
Thank you Lord for the wisdom of the fox; had I continued on the destructive path of an angry wolf, I would have never discovered the narrow path which leads me home – FREEDOM!!! I was found suitable for parole on July 8, 2022.
I had an unstable childhood built on violence, abuse, PTSD and lack of education.
What’s my motivation? Someday I’ll be out there sitting on the hood of a 64 watching a beautiful sunset…… right after I learn how to drive.
Today at 76, I have seen enough darkness. I know this darkness can only be dissipated by the light of truth and love.
Since I do not have the benefit of viewing things in the real world then painting them, I rely on my imagination.
Art is a perfect way for those of us incarcerated to reach out to society and show we’re more than just criminals.
My life in art began after a life-threatening illness when I was five years old. Since that time art has become a manner through which I express thoughts, feelings and perceptions to share with others. I enjoy creating things that represent aspects of our humanity. Sometimes we forget our higher selves. Sometimes we forget the inner beauty we carry within, burying it under layers of conditioned reactions. So I offer the reminder with Illuminations and Wisdom In Blue.