Reformed criminal who spent three years in prison for armed robbery reveals he discovered painting after seeing a Turner piece which ‘reminded him of LSD trip’ – and now sells his work for £2,000
A former prisoner who took up painting in prison has revealed how he was inspired to change his life after he saw a painting by William Turner which reminded him of an LSD trip he had as a 13-year-old.
Jack Murton, 63, から ロンドン, was in and out of prison from the age of 12 and spent three years in the late 1980s locked up after he was convicted of armed robbery.
そしてつまずいた, he said his life felt hopeless until his cellmate showed him The Fighting Temeraire by William Turner and he became obsessed with the painting’s colours.
The artist vowed to transform his life, taking up painting while in Blantyre House prison, and now sells his work for between £500-£2,000.
He credits the institution with saving his life, 言って: ‘Without that place, there’s a very strong possibility I’d still be banged up or dead.’
Jack Murton, 63, ロンドンから, has revealed how he was inspired to change his life after he saw a painting by William Turner which reminded him of an LSD trip he had as a 13-year-old
Appearing on This Morning, he described how he transformed his life when he took up painting while in prison, and now sells his work for up to £2,000
Jack’s offences ranged from arson to grievous bodily harm and by the time he was in his late 20s, he said he felt as though he was ‘disappearing as a person.’
に 1984 彼は刑務所に入れられました 12 years for an armed robbery of a Securior van and was sent to Maidstone prison.
It was then his interest in art was peaked, with Jack explaining: ‘I was sitting in a cell with two friends, older than me and they were getting all these catalogues from Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
‘They were sophisticated guys. One was friends with Lucien Freud.’
His offences ranged from arson to grievous bodily harm and by the time he was in his late 20s, he said he felt as though he was ‘disappearing as a person’ (で描かれています 1999)
He began looking through the catalogues and came across the ‘wonderful’ painting The Fighting Temeraire by William Turner.
彼は言った: ‘I’ll be honest with you, the colours reminded me of when I was 13, I took an LSD tablet and saw all these wonderful colours.’
Jack said he ‘couldn’t get the painting out of his mind’ and began looking at other kinds of artwork.
He vowed if he ‘ever get out of this place’ he would start painting.
The artist said his life felt hopeless until his cellmate showed him The Fighting Temeraire by William Turner and he became obsessed with the painting’s colours (写真)
Jack was taken to Blantyre house in 1988, where he said the ethos was ‘You’re lucky to be here. What you mustn’t do is do nothing. Use your time. Use this place, use us.’
Calling the prison ‘remarkable’, 彼は言った: ‘There was very little structure there. The criteria to get there was you weren’t kicking off all the time, you were very civilized.’
The inmates weren’t locked up at night and were allowed to wonder around the house and have cars, so they could leave the prison for their jobs.
In Blantyre, Jack developed his art skills, first copying others and then composing his own.
His first painting sold to a Tunbridge Wells couple for £130 while in prison, and now his work can fetch up to £2,000
彼が言った Kent Online: ‘Every day and every night I used to paint in the art room in there. I fell in love with art.’
His first painting sold to a Tunbridge Wells couple for £130 while in prison, and now his work can fetch up to £2,000.
The prison where inmates were allowed to wonder around, drive cars and even LEAVE
Originally a country house, the Prison Service converted Blantyre House into a Young Offenders Institution in 1954.
It was re-classified as an adult prison in 1991.
It courted controversy in 1996 after an ex-inmate accused the prison regime of corruption.
This followed an incident that resulted in the death of a woman when two prisoners caused a multiple-vehicle traffic accident during a 100 mph chase while out on day release.
に 2000 a large raid (named Operation Swinford) at Blantyre House caused controversy amongst the press and politicians.
Prison authorities claimed the raid was needed to expose potential deep-rooted corruption at the prison.
The Prison Service claimed that investigations stretched back to the original allegations in 1996, and involved Kenneth Noye allegedly placing a prisoner at Blantyre House as part of a fraud plot.
The following year Blantyre House was singled out as having the best community relations of any prison in the UK along with one of the lowest re-offending rates.
The management at Blantyre House was amalgamated with HMP East Sutton Park in 2007.
In the same year the Home Office announced plans to expand the prison by building a new block which could double capacity at Blantyre House when built.
に 2010, murderer Joseph Williams committed 11 armed robberies from bookmakers over six months as he worked as a van driver on day release.
He was serving a life sentence for battering a sociology lecturer to death with a hammer while high on crack.
He was caught after crashing into an unmarked police car.
The prison was closed in January 2016 for refurbishment work and remains closed.