Awakening Prison Art

A W A K E N I N G   P R I S O N   A R T  is an opportunity to own original work by a remarkable incaracerated artist while helping him afford the basics of a dignified life.

D A I S H I  is an American military veteran who served honorably in Vietnam and had a distinguished career as a photojournalist. Now serving a life sentence in a Southern prison, he is a practicing Buddhist deeply dedicated to self-transformation through spiritual study and meditative practice. He has devoted himself to raising rescue dogs through a cooperative program with an outside organization, as well as serving his inmate veterans' group. I have corresponded with Daishi for over a decade. His letters reveal an acute intelligence and a sometimes heartbreaking sensitivity to beauty and human kindness. They tell of his grief over the death of his beloved sister, squalid living conditions in sweltering cells, guards who may be cruel or corrupt, and, always, his determination to find goodness and peace. (I don't ask prisoners about their crimes, choosing instead to connect with, and encourage, what is highest in them.) 

Like many prisoners, especially those who have lost their families, Daishi is indigent. He has no money to purchase such basic necessities from the prison canteen as toothpaste, antiperspirant, skin lotion, stamps, envelopes, and batteries for the radio that provides contact with the outside world. For some years, he could lose himself in doing artwork, until his artist's materials were arbitrarily confiscated by prison authorities. I encouraged him to start drawing again, even with a ballpoint pen, and offered to make his work available to patrons who could help him support himself honorably. He managed to obtain colored pencils and acid-free paper and resumed drawing, and more recently began to branch out into watercolors and improvised media. 

D A I S H I ' S   W O R K  evokes new, freer worlds conjured from within his own constricted world. He specializes in imagined bird species and other fanciful beings, rendered in finely worked pencil strokes of vivid color. Their eyes are often particularly striking, gazing from their own realms into ours with determination, skepticism, joy, or apprehension. More works are added to the site as I receive them, so check back often. All proceeds go to the artist — your generous pricing is appreciated. 

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Thank you,
Dean

 

Satrapes Troglodactyl — Extinct
3.2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

Proto Zebex   SOLD
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

Rock Hound Roo  
3.5 x 3.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Question of Balance   SOLD
4 x 6"
Water color on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calixza Illusiva
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

Sacred Place: Chippewa Hill   SOLD
2.5 x 2.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dream Visitor
2 x 2.7"
Ink and tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extinct Kinesiorhea   SOLD
2.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Involution   SOLD
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

Lt. Anka Dorsi   SOLD
2.5 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

General Cha Wa Wa / Planet K-9 Security   SOLD
3.8 x 5.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Growth   SOLD
3.5 x 4.0"
Pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phatmos Springloch   SOLD
2.5 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

Illusive Grippice
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $35

 

 

Mary Alice-Zenga   SOLD
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

Dictyl Tungus   SOLD
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

'I'm finding that place where time and space truly evaporate —
 a place where I am allowed to observe and document what I find.'
                                                                                                      — Daishi

 

 

Eyeman Rictor Six-One-Zero
2 x 2.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $35

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Rivas Shellman   SOLD
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

Snake Heron
2.2 x 1.3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $35

 

 

General Zen — Party Central   SOLD
3.7 x 4.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animas One
2.0 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Captain Effin Warblow   SOLD
3 x 6.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision Six   SOLD
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Princess Akna
2.3 x 1.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $35

 

 

 

Falconus Robinicus   SOLD
3.7 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dal Faumook — Zoldar Province
3.0 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

Galaxy of the Mind — Harmony Sector   SOLD
5.2 x 5.2"
Tintl on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condux Maximus
2.2 x 2.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

Dominicus Robuskus
5.0 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life Still   SOLD
3.2 x 3.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Child Sees God   SOLD
3 x 6.4"
Ink and tint on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customs Specialist Sarma
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Up   SOLD
2.2 x 2.3"
Pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

'I can't describe the timeless place I go to capture these images.
 I just allow them to appear so that I can set them on their journeys as well.
 I put much love in each of them, perhaps like the ancient Native American
 expressed his love in each flake he napped into the flint he held in his hand.'
                                                                                                                         — Daishi

 

Supreme Dulex
2.0 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Endangered Oak Beetle Sucker
3.2 x 2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 

 

 

Advance Fighter: Dimension 6
3 x 4"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Alco Higwing   SOLD
5.0 x 8.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleptar Valdon — Elimination Specialist 
3 x 3"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ground Zero
2 x 4.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Endangered Oak Beetle Sucker
4 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Krystal
4 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lives Beneath Teddy's Bed
3 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiva Dweller   SOLD
5.0 x 8.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
V/Stol
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 

 

 

 

 

 

Akna Forward Observer   SOLD
2.3 x 2.4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Millerman — Fleet
5.0 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yeti Observation
3.5 x 6"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patriot Bird
3.7 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arboreal Wip-Wip
2.0 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $35

 

 

 

 

 

Efstrom Minkus
3 x 4.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Places #1   SOLD
3 x 4"
Ink and pencil on acid-free paper

 

 

 

Guardian of the Dark
4 x 5.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roo  
3.5 x 3.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

Captain Eyeman Hawk
5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

A Moment Between Space and Time
6 x 2.5"
Ink and tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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