Art From Inside – 2020
Art From Inside – 2021
A selection of recent works from prisons across Australia
Art From Inside 2021
Gemma C "Gaze admiringly at its vibrant hues, and it will gaze right back at you. Transport yourself, just one glance and you’re whisked away on a safari getaway. Bask in the warmth of the radiant sun. Savour the air in your lungs. Revel in the majestic calls of the elephants and feel your heart skip a beat into the sweeping vistas. But if you look below the surface you will discover the essence. At the end of every dark tunnel is a ray of light. This sunset en- sures you don’t forget it. Hold onto hope, the sun will rise again."
Natalie M "I wish I could emerge from here, beautiful, like a butterfly but at the very least I’ll be hopeful for wings."
Wish upon a Star
Gemma C "Since ancient times we have scanned the night sky for signs of things to come, for hope."
Jesus / Soap Box
Life on Outside
Stuart R "So, looking out my cell window I notice the camera poles and light poles and barbed razor wire circling the prison yard. Beyond is a verdant bush land and open sky; full of potential, which reminds me life is going on and will be there for me to join in and share when I’m released. It gives me hope for the future. So, I trust it fits the competition theme."
Prisoner - Wolston Correctional Centre "I learned to paint watching Bob Ross re-runs. This painting was inspired by a sunset viewed over nine-block. Thoughts of home consistently linger, and Hope remains."
Garden of Hope Crucifix
Zoe W "The cross is a symbol of hope. I have added to the expression of hope by embossing living plants into the surface. Apuriya tikina rt, gardening and plants are something that I enjoy and they help me be hopeful."
Anita B "I hope that the Covid “masked life” will be over one day and we can all get back to normal."
The Resurrection of Christ
Stuart R "Christ’s resurrection literally gives hope for all of us by ridding us of that original sin issue."
Shane "The myth of Pandora's Box is one of the oldest stories of hope, where the curious girl, Pandora, opened the box unleashing evil into the world, but realising what remained was hope. I feel this story can be updated to come from our faith in Jesus Christ, as symbolised by the cross on the box containing our hope."
Christopher C "This work is a depiction of the story of Pandora’s Box from Greek myth. In a version of the story of original sin, Pandora, the first woman, was given a box as a gift by the gods of Olym- pus and told to never open it. Succumbing to curiosity, Pandora looked inside the box and out flew all the woes and evils that beset mankind. In some versions of the tale, the last sprite to escape the box was hope, who had been placed in the bottom of the box by the gods out of pity for humanity. For with hope all things may be endured."
Hope you Wood
Damien H "Sure hope you wood write back."
Breaking Waves in the Moonlight
Anon "A first love will leave you raw with a glimmer of hope for things to come. In essence, this is my recapturing of a first love. The serenity, the bliss, the hope that exists for the briefest moment before realising the rest of the world still exists. First love may not always last but it gives us hope for the future. Hope for me manifests in the moments that through adversity we find who we truly are, and return to the world stronger and wiser from our experience."
Toy Helicopter Rescue
A bed or a Coffin?
Rainbows and Flowers
Karen W "Flowers have a nice scent. They are giving in their appearance. Rainbows are colourful and they make me feel hopeful. I have put the two together because they are both symbols of hope for me."
Terry "My vision for this piece is that you can continue to try your best, even though you are incarcerated, and that everyones makes mistakes, but it is important to forgive and move forward once again. As I researched and created the altar, I once again applied patience, which I didn't have a a virtue before being arrested. The power of the Holy Spirit does fill me with hope; I do trust Him. I would like to acknowledge Daniel, who assisted me in the construction of this piece."
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "Hold On, Pain Ends"
Rainbow in the Clouds
Gemma C 2 Corinthians 4 8-10. 'We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed." "In the past year I have travelled down the path of faith. My renewed sense of hope began with the first passage. When the second piece of literature crossed my path my hope was amplified as I resonate deeply with both. This piece is my interpretation of the following. 'When it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine again. God put a rainbow in the clouds.'"
Vanessa W 'This heart broke during firing. Similar to life, heartache comeswhen we go through tough times. It has been repaired with gold and I believe it has turned out more beautiful than when it was “Unbroken”.'
A boat called ‘Hope’
Kevin R "As a full moon rises over Kalbarri National Park in W.A. the setting sun highlights the rocky arch of Nature’s Window and tints on the horizon in its golden glow. Soon night will fall and the heavens will be aglow with the countless stars of the Milky Way. Upon reflecting on this scenario, the words of the psalmist David came to mind. 'The heavens declare the Glory of God and the firmament shows forth His handiwork'. (Ps. 19)"
Hope for Serenity
Bradley P "After watching Bob Ross, I thought I’d have a go."
Anita B "I called this 'Hope' because flowers bloom and die but then bloom again."
The Beacon in the Storm
Amanda M "Lighthouses weather storms and no matter the storm, continue to stand, a symbol of ongo- ing resilience, perseverance, and stability regardless of the circumstances surrounding them. Every storm is weathered, and every storm passes."
Catch a Glimpse
Zoe W "A little bit of hope goes a long way. The more hope that I’m getting, the brighter the future is looking for me with the goals I’m achieving."
Red Eastern Dragon
Peter "This Eastern Dragon brings fortune and peace to the world for the present and in future."
Sign of Hope
Zoe W "I made this ceramic wall hanging to remind the viewer to always have a little bit of hope."
Pencil of a Deer
Robert B "When hunting in NZ I came across this one deer in the herd and his image has stuck with me."
A Horse named ‘HOPE’
Natalie M "What can you hope for in prison? Hope, your horse comes in first? Hope to the future? Bet on a horse named Hope, to cheer for hope!"
I Hope I didn’t Scare You?? LOL!!
Natalie M "Just having a little laugh. It’s good for everyone. A little mouse, casting a big shadow is just a little mouse. LOL!"
Church of Hope
With Hope, Faith & Belief the World is our Oyster
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "With hope, belief, and the Lord’s faith, we can have the word in the palm of our hands. It will help guide us on the road to a better life filled with the guidance of the Lord. As he hands us hope to take into our hearts."
Park "I grew up with a single mum. I saw how hard it is. I know how people look. So I picked Virgin Mary as a symbol of motherhood, and hope people change their view of single mums."
Mitchy the Major
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him.”
Vanessa W "‘Alone’ this elephant seeks food and water in the hope of survival."
Hope is in the Cross
Prisoner - Maryborough Correctional Centre "The bloody sweat fell to the ground. Blood flowed from his wounded temples, the principalities and powers of darkness assembled around."
Peter "The inspiration of this artwork comes from light and orientation. This 'Light House' bring the beauty of lighting, life orientation, and hope of life."
Sunset at Night with a Lookout
Darkness & Hope
Kristel C "When you understand too much but you don’t understand. Very wise and played for a fool, going backwards, peace, harmony, proactively finding solutions for others except myself. Broken here, broken there, broken everywhere."
Hope, Sewing, Relax
Dale "A symbol that we are being looked after by a strong woman, and hope for better living with a strong woman figure with us flowers are for what has grown."
Kristel C "HOPE is overrated, just relax and go with the flow!"
Are of Australian Culture #2
Gemma C "I once read, pain is not tragic. Pain is magic. Every failure is a blessing in disguise, providing it teaches some needed lesson one could not have learned without it. Most so-called failures are only temporary defeats. The biggest beacon of hope for me is new life. Whether it is a birth or transformation. Life is magic. I will hold onto that hope as I move forward from an arduous past. Every temporary defeat will be counteracted with perseverance and determi- nation. The future is bright."
Autumn Colours in Torres del Paine
Kevin R "Creation itself attests to the reality of a Creator and which is supported by numerous scripture texts in both the Old and New Testaments of The Holy Bible, a library written over a period of 2000 years, using 3 languages under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to tell one unified story affirming that God is one God, creator, Saviour and Judge. He being all powerful, all knowing and eternal, His character is holy, good, loving and just, all these attributes being mirrored in Jesus Christ, His only son and who is our Lord and Saviour."
Jacqueline F "My artwork is dedicated to my mum as elephants and colour always made her happy. It brought me hope whilst I was in lockdown."
Con "My artwork is best described as a spinning hanging mobile mosaic collage, expressing the dual themes of hope and hopelessness. In this art piece I wish to express the importance of believing in hope. I do this by showing hope on one side of the painting, and the antithesis, hopeless, on the opposite side of the painting."
Eagle / Soap Carving
The Water Hole
Luigi "I like the outback country. I hope this goes to a good home."
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre ROLLING WAVES New dreams, hope, and life are almost like an onion when you peel off layers. The waves can roll out the bad and bring good to all of us if we allow it. HAND HOLDING A HEART Spiritual goodness is in our hearts if we allow GOD into our faith. He is always in our hearts, and He brings life to all of us. WINDOWS & BRICKS The windows of opportunity allow us to follow our dreams, better ourselves, be better leaders. The bricks are our holding posts to be strong, have courage and be successful after prison. BLUE SKY Every day is a new day in the prison world, and you cant hold a grudge, can't plan. You can only go forward. You can only do you in prison. You can only daydream in the blue sky, look at it, and you will see. SWIRLING COLOURS We go through different phases, as most of us rely on GOD in our spiritual journey, as we pray with others and guide them to their faith."
Love & Lost
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre
The Lady Diana Legacy
Brett "No matter what life throws at us, there is tsill hope that with a little help we can achieve any goal we set. I hope for peace and for the ward and violence to stop. I hope that no more children have to suffer or die through adult anger and greed. Let's stop the fighting and have hope for future peace."
Twisted Logic and Hope
Kristy S "My artistic process involved a lot of laughs. Although I was in jail, this time was a very happy time. It was also done on my birthday. It was by far the highlight of my day. I painted a peace sign to promote peace and hope for not only the remainder of my time in jail but for my release and for the days ahead for me and my family."
Matchstick Engine Block
Are of Australian Culture #4
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "This picture is trying to portray that we all live in Hope. I live in the Hope that I can rebuild the walls I destroyed every day before coming to jail – I Hope."
Church of Hope
Rose Garden Gone Wild
Gemma C "Shifting mindsets and exploding patterns. This artwork is about healing and ending the war I fight with myself. It’s an age old question—Can a zebra change it’s stripes? My answer is, YES. I believe until we change out perception of ‘knowing’, we will continue to claw at false cages. My reality surpasses my wildest dreams and has left me holding onto hope that my- self and others will allow and support me to grow free from shadows. Too often we force ourselves to label what we see, hear, taste or touch. Before you apply a label, consider that definition destroys exploration. ‘Art is never done being art’."
Mohammed "A rose is a very special type of flower that is used to represent all extremes of emtion, ranging from love to condolence. It represents hope and love in all situations. I recall a saying, 'Love is like a flower - it dies with time'. The beauty of my painting is that my rose will always portray love and hope."
Cody S "Made from matchsticks and mdf board. It took a couple of hours everyday for a couple of months."
The Lobster Returns Home
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "A female lobster is torn from her family and thrown into a new world alone and scared until she finds her way home back to her beautiful family. Maori Drawing/Polynesian Story"
Bliss of Hope
Aaron S "There is always hope of a brighter future on the other side of the mountains."
Winter on the Lake
Darkness n Light
Zoe W "After living my life full of darkness for so long now I can’t remember. With the hope I have found I can now see that there is light at the end if I keep wanting and working hard for it."
Alaska Cabin in the snow in the mountains
Anita B "Dave is my partner and he loves this dragonfly that I had drawn when I was home. I called it Davesfly and it is my hope I hold on to."
Peta T "Hope to me means things that I want in my life and areas where I can grow and develop and improve in. A little help from the Creator always helps."
Let it Be
Anon "Feel the rhythm of the beating drum, the exotic pleasures of a foreign land, immerse your- self. Great spirit hear me, my heart and soul are broken. Give me the courage to fight, and find worth. The strength to understand . The eyes to see hope. Guide me to my spirit with- in. Surround me in love and light. Wipe away my tears. Let me find faith again. Show me the rainbow in this dark storm. Bring me home to my family."
Family Photo Frame
Cody S "I make these frames for my kids. Some are match sticks and some are not. The kids put photos of me and them in them. I am about to do a Richmond Tigers one and the kids will put photos of their favourite players."
Up the Road
Gemma C "I know where I have been, unsure if where I am going. I am healing, but still broken. Happy, yet in pain. Limbo. Steinbeck once said 'and now that you don’t have to be perfect, be good.' So simply put.. Be good."
Vanessa W "Global warming is melting the Arctic dramatically. I still hope my great grandchildren will see the icebergs still, and that animals that rely on them are still around."
Beauty is Everywhere
Prisoner - Woodford Correctional Centre "The cane toad is detested by most people, just like convicted criminals. However, I have the Hope and strength to see the beauty in myself and the cane toad through God's love."
Sunset in the bush in Australia
Anon "Strength is not something that is bestowed upon us; it often must be forged by us. When you’re backed into a corner you quickly realise you are stronger than you know. Hope is lost and survival your only instinct. Slowly, as time passes and strength regained, hope returns. I see glimmers of justice and greener pastures. In my faith, the bear is a symbol of strength. In times of hardship, my faith helps me to hold onto hope."
The Two Wolves
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre "Every day as an individual, I struggle to make the right life decisions as well as trying to prove myself to others, however with this art exhibition, I thought to use the story of the old Cherokee who told his grandson about the battle between two wolves inside all of us, one is a devil, and the other is good. The evil wolf represents anger, jealousy, greed, weakness, lies, and ego. The good wolf represents joy, peace, love, hope, humanity, kindness, empathy, and truth in that story. The grandson asks his grandfather which wolf wins, and the grandfather replies, “the one you feed the most.” So as I look into my own life and ask myself what hope means to me, I’d say hope is being able to have victory in feeding the good wolf living inside me. I hope that I will realize and think that I am not the wrong person like the devil wolf. I can be a good wolf or human being that shows joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy, and truth. I hope in the future that I learn to feed the good wolf inside of me by putting myself first before others and reminding myself that being selfish to better me is OK and learning not to feed the ego of the evil wolf by constantly resorting to violence as a solution to my life decisions."
Nigel G "Often a crucifix represents hope for all."
Photo Frames #1
Axe for Axston my son
Hand of Hope
Kylie "My picture I have named the 'Hand of Hope'. The last 9 years I have loved, laughed good times and a lot of hope. Before coming to jail, life was fairly hard. I found love, hope, and trust again after a long battle of mental and physical abuse. I thank my family and my partner in my life and being in jail has taught me that hope of a better life will be bigger and better when I get out."
Hope Beyond the Sunset
Kevin R The words of a song by Hank Williams ‘BEYOND THE SUNSET’ came to mind when I came across a photo of ‘CERRO TORRE’ which is located in Patagonia, South America and which feature is depicted in this artwork. ‘Beyond the sunset oh blissful morning when with our saviour heaven is begun. Earth’s toiling ended Oh, Glory dawning BEYOND THE SUNSET when day is done’. These words underline a hope that people of faith would hold to viz. that beyond this vale of tears there is a land that is fairer than day and that when our life’s pilgrimage is ended we’ll see our Saviour, face to face."
Are of Australian Culture #3
Josh P "The circles symbol life. Where there’s life, there’s hope. The lines are chaos etc, they are incomplete as the hands symbolize family that step in, tough times don’t last, tough people do."
At War with My Emotions
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre There are two sides to every person, good and bad, happy and sad. I am always at war with my emotions. Red signifies the worst of me, the anger I feel, the negative thoughts I think, the violence I reflect on myself and others around me. Blue signifies the humble and calm side within me, the person that smiles and laughs that breakdown and cries but Souljah through the tough times. The person that loves and cares for the people I love and for my family. Both are part of my personality, and it's who I am. I want to change some of the things I do to be a better person. I hope to find a balance between the two."
Prisoner - Woodford Correctional Centre "Bushfire, destruction, rain, regeneration, and HOPE."
House of Hope
Heads Up High
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre
Flames Equal Hope
Nigel G "Being NAIDOC week, Indigenous people always have hope when they had flames."
Maatsuyker Island Lighthouse
Con "In my painting I wish to express the importance of believing in hope. Especially in believing in fate, faith, trust, and hope during my darkest times in gaol. The eagle represents Jesus Christ and his resurrection. It's a combination of Byzantine Iconography, and Australian Aboriginal people's artwork. The eagle flies over lanf, rivers, between mountains, valleys, then forward into the desert. Hopefully it reaches the other side of Australia and beyond."
The Past is Calling
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre "I found this picture in an old magazine and was struck by the “Old vs. New” old traditional man and the bright red phone. To me, he represents the past, all the values our grandparents, no matter what race or nationality stood for. He calls into the future, telling the younger generations that the only hope for the future is returning to basic human kindness and values. Give before you take manners, respect, value others, and help where and when you can. Be someone your forefathers will be proud of. This is the only hope we have in saving future generations."
Natalie M "Hope it fits? I wish I could sew again—Most I can do is draw..... Hoping for fabric?"
Love gives me hope
Love in Isolation
Amber R This piece of artwork I thought was quite fitting for the theme ‘hope’ for this exhibition. I was inspired by the tragedy of the pandemic throughout various magazines that promoted awareness and the severity of COVID19 within people’s lives. The particular image, very simi- lar to the one you see here, caught my eye. I saw the connection between the couples, being a wedding. What more represents being connected to someone than marriage. Although in saying this, isolation still plays a huge role within this drawing as the couple are both wearing face masks when the groom kisses the bride."
Bluebird of Hope
Natalie M "The blue wren of Tasmania. I love it. Every time I see it, it cheers me up—gives me hope."
Girl with the Balloons
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "Love, Hope & Faith are in our hands. By praying with Jesus, we can unite together."
Unity in Jail
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "How we all unite when we have been incarcerated, no matter colour, creed, religion, or culture."
Sacrifice for New Growth
Brett "This painting is very rewarding to me, as I have only been painting and drawing a short time. I look and take note of just how much nature needs food, water, and nutrition to survive, as we do. The life of the older landscape dies off, making room for the younger generation of growth to thrive and shine through, giving hope that the sacrifice of the elders dying is respected. And we hope with our passing making room for new generations is hopefully respected and noticed."
Photo Frames #2
Outside the Negative
Prisoner - Woodford Correctional Centre "While I am incarcerated through God’s love, I have the strength and hope to rise above my circumstances."
Rusty the Rabbit
Kayne W "Rusty hopes to live another day."
Park "I hope one day we all become one, and there is no more war, racism, and politics etc. Life is too short!"
Funky Christian Fish Symbol
Stuart R "Christ’s message and dying for us literally gives us hope to enter heaven in grace."
Birds of Paradise
Peta T "When I see that our creator has made such a beautiful flower in the shape of a bird I believe that hope is possible. We just need to work and believe in ourselves."
By Kaurasi - "The idea of this design art work came about as a team idea due to an upcoming visit from the government. With ten days notice, we thought it would be a great project to promote inmate talent. My vision and statement about this artwork are that there is hope for inmates who wish to choose active rehabilitation programs through CSI Industries. This will help them to gain real world training on leading edge software and machinery for manufacturing. It will also assist on-job training through Fabrication and Furniture workshop with opportunities in prototyping prior to manufacture. As a result of the training, inmates will also benefit by learning skills in estimate and costing of projects."
Don't Let Anyone Tell You Who You Are
Prisoner - Southern Queensland Correctional Centre "This young lady’s mum is in prison with me. I have heard so much about her from many women and how she’s beaten with all the odds, so I agreed to paint her portrait. When it was done, I felt it needed more – her own story, in her own words. She brings hope to all young girls that need a positive role of model. She overcomes all the obstacles and refuses to be another statistic. I commend this young woman for her strength, her hope in the future, and for making her hopes and dreams come true, one at a time."
One Hopes Four Peace
Damian H "The only problem is the hate filled people out there don’t want it to happen. They cause wars because of their self-indulgence and egos. They start wars then have the gall to say they didn’t. While peace talks cannot bring peace to the conflict due to constant denials and lies. Especially if there are no peace talks happening. There are no winners in war because everyone loses something in the conflict."
Danger "My hope and vision for this work is to be united spiritually with my granddaughter, whom I have never met physically. The pony is my granddaughter's favourite animal, and the rainbow background is a symbol of our hope to meet one day soon."
Forget Me Knots
Prisoner - Brisbane Women’s Correctional Centre "After nine years, five and a half years to go, I hope I am not forgotten. Forgiven, but not forgotten. Hope is life after hardship, being broken and sewn back together, better than ever before. I am at peace when I have hope." Crochet & Acrylic Canvas
All tracks lead to somewhere
Pink n Blue Mountains
Hope for the return of Spring
Natalie M "Hope for the return of Spring. All the colours of the rainbow. Fresh, dreamy, relaxing, flowery, SPRING!"
Country Art & Soul
Prisoner - Palen Creek Correctional Centre "Before prison, I had lived most of my life in a rural community, and I know how tuff it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and living in hope, so this picture tells the story of hope, with greener landscapes and rebuilt rural communities."
Are of Australian Culture #1
Jacqueline F "My artwork is called ‘Flower power’. Dedicated to my ‘Omi’ as she loved flowers and was an angel in the garden. She made everything grow."
The Sacrifice of Life - The Lord Jesus
Brett "This painting of the Lord Jesus Christ after his passing is very powerful to me in my mind and heart. For a person to sacrifice their own life like that Lord Jesus did so we all can live a better life is amazing, and I hope that others can see that sacrifice. For he hoped that giving his life would help and give us hope of a better place for the future."
Vanessa W "This was created using a decorated background and adding ‘negative space’ to create the image. It was a totally different way to paint and I really enjoyed it."
In the Dark
Vanessa W "The little cross shows the ‘hope in the darkness’. Hope seems like light."