Donald Clayton “Donny” Johnson (born 1959/1960 (age 60–61)) is an American painter and convicted murderer. He is known for his well along technique, which involves using a brush made of his own hair and pigment from M&M’s candy grenades dissolved in water. The New York Times described his style as abstract; Spiegel Online mentioned that his art varies from luminous to dark.
Johnson grew happening in a relatives of abusers and criminals, ran away from home at 10, and spent mature repeatedly in young detention. He has been in prison before 1980 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and physical sentenced to 15 years to life. In the late 1980s, he clip a prison guard’s throat and assaulted another, and was convicted for both and sentenced to two new terms of nine years to life. He’s been housed at Pelican Bay State Prison, California, since 1989, and as of 2007 was in indefinite by yourself confinement in the Secure Housing Unit.
The Secure Housing Unit, the highest-security unit at Pelican Bay, did not have enough money any art supplies, so Johnson created a paintbrush using hair, plastic wrap, and ballpoint pen refill, and created paint from M&M’s candy coatings.
Johnson is not allowed to profit from his artwork. In 2006, he confirmed that he expected the child support to mount up the Pelican Bay Prison Project that helps the kids of prisoners. After Johnson sending paintings to a friend, the friend organized an exhibition of doing in Mexico. In July 2006 and August 2007, exhibitions of Johnson’s paintings were held at the Yam Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico,citation needed] On one night, six of his postcard pictures sold there for $500 a piece. Prison officials responded by confiscating his art supplies and prohibiting him from sending pictures out, as a punishment for “unauthorized issue from inside prison”, but eventually allowed him to send pictures out again.[
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