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Chris Dankovitch

"Pandora's box" - Chris Dankovitch

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Currently incarcerated in Michigan.

"I earned money on the side here in prison making cards for others too, and after a year or two, a friend saw these and encouraged me to borrow his paints and try my hand at painting."

🎨 Description

8.5" x 11" | Pen on leather

🖋 Artist's bio

“My name is Chris, and I started learning about art after I came to prison at age 15, back in 2005. Drawing sketches started as a way to take my mind out of the prison environment, and those sketches were very rough at first. As I improved, I started drawing on the envelopes and letters I’d send to my family, my friends, and other people in my life, in an attempt to make them smile. Soon, I sent Christmas cards to those who sent me some from out there. I earned money on the side here in prison making cards for others too, and after a year or two, a friend saw these and encouraged me to borrow his paints and try my hand at painting. Painting led to pastels and leather, and...tattooing. An art class orchestrated in the prison I was at by the University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project taught me about art history, and provided my first outlet to display my artwork at one of their art shows. As I got better, my confidence did as well, and also gave me the ability to give back to others. Art has helped me get through some very hard times, and has brought me to this point today. Almost all of my art is inspired by my own life and my dreams (both for the future, and the ones I see when I close my eyes), and it helps me create new dreams in its creation.”.

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