In-Sight: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Jerry Frye (#D-96501)

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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.


Jerry Frye
Jerry Frye was sentenced to death in 1988.

Jerry paints a wide variety of subject matters using acrylic paints. He enjoys creating art as he believes it is good for him and his soul. It makes him feel better and helps to pass some time. He is particularly proud of the artwork he did for his parents when they were alive.

In his own words:

“My name is Jerry Grant Frye and I’m fighting for my life and freedom from here on San Quentin’s death row. I’ve been down for over 30 years now. I spend my time reading books, trying to play my guitar, working out and painting. My inspiration comes from everywhere. When I see something I like that way, I just know! I was 29 when I got in this mess, now I’m over 60. I’m just trying to survive the wait.

Thank you.

Jerry Grant Frye”

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.


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