In-Sight: The Artists and Writers of San Quentin Prison – Bailey Jackson (#F-03848)

Shooting Star in the Ghetto

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.


Bailey Jackson
Bailey Jackson was sentenced to death in 2005.

In Bailey’s own words: “I started to make art by using M&M candy as paint. Making art makes me happy and what prompted me was all the beautiful things in the world.”

His wish is to share his art and his gift with people. Art makes him feel free and worth something good in life. When asked if art has changed him in any way, he said, “It made me understand love and how important love is.”

His picture displayed here has “Stern Schnuppe” written on it, which means “Shooting Star.” He calls his art “ghetto art” which has been fortified with a foundation of street life. Art has made him understand love and how important love is.

He would love to make people smile when they see his artwork, especially people that he does not know. He is most proud of pictures painted of family members. He particularly loves a picture he painted of his wife.

Bailey adds: “Art is what I see when I close my eyes. It is my dream of being reconciled and reconstructed. It is my pain relief. It is my relaxation.”

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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