Tag Archive | West Memphis Three

Damien Echols Moving Forward, Looking Back At Sacred Gallery

Moving Forward Looking Back

Damien Echols has to have the most unusual back story of any contemporary artist I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Wrongly convicted of murder, sentenced to death and imprisoned on death row for 18 years, Damien is best known as a member of the West Memphis Three, who were finally released from prison last year when their erroneous convictions were overturned.

Medicine Buddha By Damien Echols
Medicine Buddha

While on death row, Damien studied Buddhism and eastern philosophies, developed a daily meditation practice and turned to creating art as a way to escape from and cope with his horrific situation. Not unexpectedly, the resultant paintings, collages and sculptures created during his incarceration, the surviving pieces of which are now on display at NYC’s Sacred Gallery, are very spiritual in nature.

Damien Echols Green Man
Assorted Small Works, Green Man Center

Many of the pieces, encased in plexiglass displays, are small enough in size so that they could be easily hidden from prison guards, who were inclined to destroy works if found in Damien’s cell. Each work is intricately crafted and highly detailed, revealing not only Echol’s natural talent but also his high degree of devotion to his art.

Damien Echols Runes
Assorted Small Works with Homemade Runes

Damien Echols Monster Miracle
Where There’s a Monster There’s a Miracle (Series) Collage Work

Collage pieces such as the one seen above clearly show a soul in torment. It is impossible to imagine what he and his fellow wrongfully convicted friends went through during their imprisonment.

Damien Echols Collage

Echols has been the subject of many films and books but he has a new self-penned memoir out called Life After Death (Available at This Link) which I am looking forward to reading.

Lotus By Damien Echols

Damien Echols and Kevin Wilson

Gallery Owner Kevin Wilson Introduces Echols at Saturday’s Opening Reception

Rainbow Buddha Series By Damien EcholRainbow Buddha (Series) By Damien Echols

Damien Echols’ Moving Forward, Looking Back will be on Exhibit at Sacred Gallery, Located at 424 Broadway, 2nd Floor (Between Howard and Canal Streets) Through January 31st, 2013.

Damien Echols And Gail Worley

Me With Damien. He is so nice!

Damien Echols to Exhibit Original Artwork at NYC’s Sacred Gallery

Damien Echols Banner

Sacred Gallery NYC is pleased to announce: Damien Echols’ Moving Forward; Looking Back

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Artist Statement:
These pieces of art are all things I created from my cell on death row, where I spent 18 years for a crime I did not commit. During that time, I had to scavenge for any supplies I got, often bartering for them in the prison underground.

I eventually received ordination in the Rinzai tradition of Japanese Buddhism. This is the same tradition that trained the samurai in ancient Japan. It was this background which was the driving force behind much of my artwork. Most of it was the result of me attempting to turn my cell into a shrine, where I would practice meditation from 5 to 7 hours a day.

Most of the pieces I created over the years were either given to friends as gifts of gratitude or destroyed by vindictive prison guards. These pieces are all that remain of my 18 years in Hell.

This collection will showcase a series of drawings, collage works and a set of craft items Damien made while in prison. Both originals and prints will be available for purchase.

About Damien Echols:
Damien Echols is best known as part of the wrongfully imprisoned West Memphis Three. Echols has been well-documented in books, films, songs and more. After his release in August of 2011, after 18 years on death row, Echols got the chance to document it himself in his just-released memoir, Life After Death: a frustrating, honest and surprisingly joyful account of a life lived under trying circumstances.

This Exhibition’s opening reception is not open to the public. Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets for $10.00 each. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project.

About Dharma Friends Prison Outreach:
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project is under the umbrella of our non-profit foundation, COMPASSION WORKS FOR ALL which helps to support and promote those efforts that benefit the most forgotten and most disenfranchised in our world. All of our projects support the teaching and development of compassion as the most effective tool to bring healing to the world. More info on Dharma Friends can be found at. http://dharmafriendsprisonoutreachproject.com/

Marilyn Manson Donates Original Artwork to Aid West Memphis Three Defense Fund

Multi-talented and controversial artist Marilyn Manson has donated one of his original watercolors depicting photographer Grove Pashley’s infamous image of Damien Echols with his hand on the glass of the prison window during a visit. This original piece will be auctioned to raise money for the defense fund of Damien Echols (who is on death row), Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. — also known as the West Memphis Three (www.wm3.org) — who were convicted for murdering three elementary school children in 1994. Since the horrific crimes, DNA from the crime scene and victims was tested by Bode, the country’s most trusted crime lab, and none of it matches these three unjustly imprisoned men. For three weeks starting December 5th, Judge David Laser will be holding an evidentiary hearing for the three men to review all post conviction evidence.

The auction will last for 18 days — from July 13th to July 31st — one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars. June 3, 2011 marked the 18th year that Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. have been behind bars for crimes they did not commit.

Bidding Starts at $5,000.

For further information about this original artwork and to place a bid, log on to Skeleton Key Auctions or Marilyn Manson Dot Com.

See Also:
Marilyn Manson at Golden Gods 2010 speaking on behalf of the WM3 at This Link

Marilyn Manson on A&E Biography showing the piece for auction (about 4:13 in) at This Link