In-Sight: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Eric Anderson (#F-01126)

Iguana Skulls

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.


Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson was sentenced to death in 2002.

About my artwork: I often draw animals from photos I see in magazines. The one of the Iguana lizard, climbing over the skulls, is an example of both a photo (the lizard) and imagination (the skulls). The idea sort of just happened. I didn’t like the rocks it was on, so tried to figure out what else the lizard could be on top of… The skulls seemed possible. I use a basic ball point pen to do these pieces. An average drawing can take me 8-10 hours for one piece. In the outside world I used to be a tattoo artist and I did some custom painting for choppers/motorcycles.

I’m 43 years old but I was 29 when I was arrested. I’m fighting for my life here on death row. Since I‘ve been on death row I ‘ve studied a few subjects. One was a biblical history and I also have studied Eastern and Western Philosophy. I do this so I feel Im accomplishing at least something, instead of regressing into a shell of the person I am.

People are welcome to write to me, if they want to. I would be happy to have a penpal.

Eric Anderson
San Quentin Prison
San Quentin CA 94974

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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