An artist without identity

For an artist, the journey to gain an identity is a long and lonely road. Having discovered the great therapeutic benefits of art for the soul while incarcerated and my ability to paint was a god’s sent gift.

Being an artist while in prison I had not only my freedom taken away but also my identity and two and a half years after being freed, my identity still remains restrained till the end of my parol in March 2017!

The following is a digital story made as part of the Stretch Digital project funded by the Big Lottery in collaboration with the PET (Prisoner Education Trust) – the films are made with Stretch practitioner Alex Harwood in the traditional digital story method.

Former prisoners tell their story of education and rebuilding their lives in and out of prison.

 

You can see more digital stories from former prisoners by CLICKING HERE

 

 

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KEY HOLE VIEW

I have just finished my latest painting and decided to share it and have had good response for the work and a woman that mentioning that she found it offensive, which I was quite taken aback as an artist paints what is in our minds even if it causes controversy.

Also had a man making a comment on my use of words.

I like to tittle my work so that I can use words to complement the painting.

KEY HOLE LR

KEY HOLE VIEW
Acrylic on Canvas 50x50cm
2017

 Breinlinge: As a woman above disgusts me..enough of female exploitation don’t men have better ideas!!! or let’s say a more empathetic view of women in general that they would prefer to protect than use as porno,
Julio Osorio
Julio Osorio Shame you feel that way , voyeurism is with all humans and the female beauty is admirable.
The model was not forced and happy to be pose👍
Breinlinger: I think you haven’t understood anything I tried to convey. You took it too personal.
Julio Osorio
Julio Osorio It is my work Elaine.
Times have changed and as long as humans populate the earth I am sure you will have the most inflential
Beings in it (women) 😉

Breinlinger men objectify women, undermine us, rarely listen to our views and unfortunately the world is full of powerful men in powerful positions which illuminate how men demean us, scared to give us equality. In the art world, men mostly promote themselves, less than 1pc of art in the national galleries are shown that are by women…seeing your ‘work’ is why I reacted and rightly so. I respect women and hopefully they will get to understand that posing for men for such ‘work’ is embarrassing and stand up for their self-esteem.

Here is what the man wrote, what you think?

Eas’y Key’hol’ey Sham’bollic for sexuality a d fore’bidden ta’boo?

And this was my answer:

Hello LuKe. Voyeourism is a centuries old practise and seen as a sin through many religions and the title of my work as well as the content is there to challenge the viewer and freedom of expression through art and words. (edited)

LOVING VINCENT – FIGHTING TEARS

I have been wanting to see the movie since it came out and like most artist (I think) I am not the most organised person.

Having always admired Van Gough’s works and the fact that the movie is the first one of its kind where every frame has been hand painted had me more interested than other films about and artist story that have been made.

I finally made it yesterday with my girl friend and was taken aback by the film and how they used Van Gough’s style of painting trough out the whole movie.

The movie was a master piece and the story very touching as there were so many things that hit home, like how he suffered from the mental pressures of his demanding family, how he took it up painting and taught himself how to paint after his most difficult time in his life and having experienced something similar myself while in prison discovering the therapeutic powers of painting!

The end was so sad!

The fact that he reached a point where the best solution in his mind was to take his own live! ( I understand exactly how he felt, as I have considered that many times and attempted when I was a teenager as a cry for help).

The sad thing is that mental health is still not taken serious enough even at this present time and the current conservative government here in the UK is cutting down funding for mental health instead of increasing it!

I became a prolific painter when I was in prison as it was my only way to keep demons out of my mind and only painted nearly 100 paintings.

800 in a space of eight years was what Vincent achieved and I think it is simply amazing!

I salute Vincent and must admit that I had to fight tears and a choking feeling in my throat as the credits of the film were being run.

The sad reality of the art world, the fact that he could not sell his work and since his death countless people have made and will make money million from his work!

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I dedicate my painting Tree Of Life to Vincent and  may he R.I.P and if there is and after life enjoy the fact that he was right with what he set out to do and appreciated by millions.

 

 

REMEMBRANCE DAY

In memory on all those that lost their lives fighting to have a democracy and freedom of speech.

My painting is dedicated to them is titled:

Poppy Fields

Acrylic on canvas board 40x40cm

 

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REMEMBRANCE DAY

THE POWER OF THE ARTS

Click to see the video:  https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fontraxtv%2Fvideos%2F1478813782207558%2F&show_text=0&width=560” rel=”noopener”>THE POWER OF THE ARTS 

Today the following video has gone live and I am grateful to Barbara from OnTrax TV for including my story along with some great artists, about the power of the arts and hopefully inspire through creating!

The Power of The Arts
Positive Expression & Raising Awareness
Watch this short Video where we spoke to MOBO Awards (Official) winning producer Naughty Boy (tracks #Running Beyoncé #LALALA SAM SMITH ) BRIT Awards artists James Morrison Lemar, main stream TV vocal trainers & new artists who found their way through their dark days in prison via art ( Julio Osorio )
music & poetry, about how music & art is therapeutic.

SHORT Video Featuring: Stella Parton McLean PURDY RTC3 Robyn SashaBakery Boys Shack Baker Andrés Jimenez Gak Jonze Ben Mistek TaylorJulioCesartist8 Starboi Millz K- KOKE #DavidGrant #FameAcademy Rough Copy Matt Jam Lamont IC3 Everything, Everything William Kw General Levy (Official)

OnTrax TV Oliver Miles Barbara Be Tomáš Heidenreich Jc Bonassin DatGirl CallRush Jacob Wyatt Lee Amm Ren Vivienne Long Matteo Di Berardino Lee Bethell HUSH PR Sacha Taylor-cox