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: ALBERT “RU-AL” JONES (#K-23800)
Albert originally was prompted to start creating artwork when he saw other inmates drawing, and so he decided to come up with his own style of art. He creates beautiful spiritual “cross and hearts” drawings on white handkerchiefs using coloured pencils.
Albert feels that it helps him to open up spiritually to others and it is also a way for him to show his love for the Lord Jesus Christ. Creating art makes him feel happy and proud and he likes to make people smile. He loves to think that people have his artwork hanging on their walls. He has also published a death row cookbook called “Our Last Meals.”
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.