Featured Artist Statement

Life Inside San Quentin

The idea  of a collaborative project for Inside Insights started when the show: Exhibition Incarceration at the Marin County Civic Center's Bartoli Gallery was planned. 

Since the  venue is a Frank Lloyd Wright site, we chose architecture as part of the  theme, and the idea of some very familiar architecture, San Quentin, developed in the Arts in Corrections studio. 

The second collaborative not shown on this site -Life  Outside The Walls- seemed an obvious choice when deciding what a second mural would be.

Bruce Fowler, the very talented leader of  the mural crew, took on the work of designing  and laying out the basic images on the grids of 6 canvases. 

Other artists were recruited from the program each taking a canvas and either painting on the "inside the walls"  or "outside the walls" without referencing the other artists’  imagery as they worked. Bruce pulled the images  together with some work on the sky and background as well as framing  each piece.

—Carol Newborg, Program Manager