When Fulton Leroy Washington, 66, began painting in prison, he never imagined his work would be hanging in a renowned art museum one day. But Washington’s talent made room for him and now the Compton artist’s lost prison painting – and a replica of it – hangs at two separate museums.
Known affectionately as Mr. Wash, Washington painted an estimated 75 works annually while serving a 20-year sentence for non-violent drug offenses he maintains he is innocent of. According to the Los Angeles Times, Washington’s sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2016 and he’s living and creating art in Compton while still trying to prove his innocence.
Of all of his works, however, a painting known as “Mondaine’s Market” – which he created for a fellow inmate named John Mondaine to capture his legacy – is particularly special. The work depicts Mondaine, along with his grandson as floating Click here to read entire article