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Brian Birster-Mrozik

"The black-&-bluez" - Brian Birster-Mrozik

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Currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania.

"Art saved me from darkness, and although I’m currently in prison, I have plans to share the revealing lens I’ve found with others. I want to show angry kids, like how I used to be, how to express themselves onto paper or canvas…"

⚖ Description

The artist is currently incarcerated in Iowa. He specializes in black & white drawings.

All original artworks are created by artists previously or currently incarcerated. They use whichever materials they have access to, and prove creative ingenuity beyond the norm. These original paintings and drawings are born in the heart of a prison cell, from the hands of an outsider artist to adorn the walls of your space. Each art piece is a one-of-a-kind that not only enhances your interior but also makes you actively participate in reforming the prison and criminal justice system.

The incarcerated artist receives 50% of the sales proceeds. The artists set their own prices based on the costs of materials (it can vary greatly from one facility to another), the time spent on the piece, their experience, and simply - what they think it’s worth. Alongside with offering a financial outlet, we aim to empower their confidence and reinstitute their status as human beings - not a number behind bars. For most, art is an escape, a path to self-discovery and healing. Through art, they can reconnect with society so the gap is not so unbridgeable when they get out. Through the sales, they can stay connected with their families, afford daily commissary items, pay societal debts, relieve the economic burden on their loved ones, and save up for the release date. So they have the financial means to get ahead of reinsertion and get a fair chance at that second chance.

✎ Product Details

8.5" x 11" | Blue pen on paper

✑ Artist's bio

“My story isn’t over, and although so far my life has been pretty dark, I refuse to stay in the dark. I was raised by my mother; my father spent, and will probably continue to spend, most of his life in jail. A lot of people expect I’ll follow in his footsteps. He wasn’t a presence in my life, except for a three-month period that I lived with him when I was 15 years old. During that time I was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. I spent a lot of that time being introduced to various drugs, all of which I am sober of, and have been for four years. I was always an outcast, never fit in at school, lacked social skills, and was bullied for it. Art has been my pillar, my friend, the lens through which I can see the light in the darkest time. Art is the only way I know how to express myself. Through art, I plan to set myself on a separate path than what my father has taken. I refuse to hurt people and wallow in darkness, as he has most of his life. I want to help people see the beauty in life, specifically troubled youth. Art saved me from darkness, and although I’m currently in prison, I have plans to share the revealing lens I’ve found with others. I want to show angry kids, like how I used to be, how to express themselves onto paper or canvas...people in general, not just kids. Maybe getting in this book will be the breakthrough I need to get my name out there.”.

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