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, tea bags, 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. Other topics include sacred spaces of nature, the colossal heads of the ancient Mesoamerican Olmec civilization, and portraits of characters from other galaxies and dimensions, where the epic Floro Wars take place. More works are added to the site as I receive them, so check back often. One hundered percent of proceeds go to the artist — your generous pricing is appreciated. 

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Thank you,
Dean

 


Breaking on through to the Other Side

4.5 x 2.7"
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Saigon Matrix
3 x 1.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Before Time — Overseer
4.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

Rock Hound Roo   SOLD  
3.5 x 3.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zendorax Supremus
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabron Gate / Dimension Six
3.2 x 2.5"
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   SOLD
2 x 2.7"
Ink and tint on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Snipsock — Floro Plains — Dimension Six   SOLD
3.5 x 4.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extinct Kinesiorhea   SOLD
2.5 x 4"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
P-Tero Speciphicus 
3.7 x 2.2"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Involution   SOLD
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

Alpha Americans — Genesis Project — The Olmecs #1, 2, & 3
Set of 3, approx. 3.2 x 2.5" each
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Bahga Omhasum
Holy Man — Floro/D-6

3 x 3.5"
Tint on salvaged fabric and acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sgt. Fowlmuth — Customs/Incoming
2 x 3.5"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Falco Gate / Dimension Six
2. 7x 2.7"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Olmecs Imagined #1, 2, & 3
Set of 3 approx. 4 x 3" each
Tint & colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $110

 

 

 

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

 

 

Captain Pacodach
5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $65

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arborel Melodius
3.5 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Animas One   SOLD
2.0 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council of Elders   SOLD
2.5 x 3.2"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advance Scout — Capt. Regba
3.2 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opposition Forces
First Generation Battlebot

4.7 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Satrapes Domestica
2.0 x 4.0"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Native Inhabitant — Floro Plains
4 x 2.8"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meryalise Pat / Combatant Sisterhood
of the Indigo Underworld — Seas of Floro

4.5 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $65

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field Sketch: Seemorian Scout
3.5 x 6"
Pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $65

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Illusive Floro Spartanicus
3.7 x 2.5"
Tint & pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Endangered Monk's Bird   SOLD
4 x 3"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Captain Krystal   SOLD
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Valdor Doxis
2.5 x 2.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
V/Stol
3 x 3"
Tint on acid-free paper
Suggested price $45
 

 

 

 

 

 

Lt. General Skitterning — Intelligence
2.5 x 2.8"
Colored pencil 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God of the Air
4 x 4"
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   SOLD
3.7 x 3.5"
Colored pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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   SOLD  
3.5 x 3.5"
Pencil on acid-free paper
 

 

 

 

 

Captain Eyeman Hawk   SOLD
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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