The paintings come alive inside John Mulligan’s Syracuse, New York home.
Marilyn Monroe. Oprah Winfrey. Julia Roberts. Hillary Clinton. Martin Luther King, Jr. The artist of the pieces is Richard Matt, one of the men who escaped last week from a maximum-security prison in upstate New York.
According to a report by CNYCentral.com, Mulligan befriended Matt when the men were serving time together. Matt later sent Mulligan about 10 pieces, from celebrity pieces to a painting showing Mulligan’s deceased sister, her smile warm and bright.
For Mulligan, the artwork represents wasted talent – reflecting what might have been in Matt’s life, if he had taken another path.
“I’m sure for people who don’t know him, [the artwork is] exceptionally disturbing, but this is a piece of his life,” Mulligan told CNYCentral.com.
“There’s some humanity in him,” Mulligan told CNYCentral.com. “There’s a dark side. Sure, there’s a dark side. That’s what the public is portraying. But there’s also a very human side to Richard Matt.”
Matt and another fellow inmate, David Sweat, escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6.
SOURCE: Dan Good