Founded in 2015 by London-based artist Nicola White, Art Reach is a charity which gives purpose and hope to death row inmates in the US, providing art materials, regular meaningful contact, and the opportunity to exhibit their work here in the UK. To support the valuable work that Nicola is doing to support some of America’s most ostracised citizens, and to recognise the human rights of death row inmates in the US and beyond, we will be dedicating the next few weeks to the artwork and writing of the men she supports at San Quentin Prison, California.
IN-SIGHT: ALPHONSO HOWARD (#H-54602)
Alphonso Howard was sentenced to death in 1992.
My name is Alphonso, a student artist on a mission. It’s my endeavour to share this journey of expressed freedom with you honouring the life, the strengths and the struggles of my African-American heritage.
With no formal training throughout the evolution of my art, it’s become more than just a hobby for me. It became a lifesaver, a medium through which I can express that zest for life that is so innate in us all.
Even though I’ve been incarcerated now for many years, I maintain that hope filled dream of freedom through the rare and beautiful symphony of my artistic expression. From my heart to yours. Enjoy.
Be sure to pop along to THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION: Redemption versus Death at the Old Deptford Cinema before the end of April to witness in full effect the many talents of San Quentin’s death row artists.