For Immediate Release:
BRONSON, THE PRISON DRAWINGS - Courtesy of the Princess
OPENING JUNE 17 - 27, 2009
Headbones Gallery is hosting a solo exhibition of drawings by one of Britainís most notorious inmates, Charles Bronson.
Bronson, The Prison Drawings - Courtesy of the Princess, are a play by play visual documentation of a prison romance from 1997 - 2000 told in graphite, ink and coloured pencil. The drawings are brutally revealing. Bronsonís hand is controlled but his subject matter is not. The Princess is his muse, foil and interlocutor.
In late 1995, The Princess, Canadian woman prisoner TG0786 and Ontario College of Art (OCA) graduate, found herself incarcerated in the United Kingdom on a six year drug smuggling charge. With an interest in art therapy, she began writing to Bronson after seeing one of his drawings in a British tabloid and a romantic correspondence of drawings both singular and collaborative, was begun. Eventually, the happy couple pledged to be married, never having personally met, and the British tabloids went wild with their sensational story of love and commitment.
With a curiously sweet candour, brushed with naughtiness, Bronson tells his story, confined by the size of the paper and materials made available to him. With no emotional holds barred, Bronson tells it as he sees it from within prisons of cement blocks, spied upon by surveillance cameras and tortured by his very active imagination. This sociological, psychological and diaristic presentation of the life of an inmate is an exhibition that encourages study and contemplation, yet also rewards both the curious and the art lover.
Over one-hundred works on paper of Bronsonís virulent impressions of Ďtime on the insideí will be on exhibition from June 17 to 27. Artist catalogue, Bronson, The Prison Drawings - Courtesy of the Princess, with a forward by Ben Portis will be available at Headbones Gallery.
The drawings will be accompanied by news clippings, photographs, a voice-over recording of Bronson speaking to the Princess and Bronsonís own beard.
Bronson Catalogue in progress - Click the image below to see PDF catalog. This takes a moment to open. A high speed internet connection is recommended.