Charles Salvador ‘Bronson’, who was first imprisoned for armed robbery in 1974 and has since become known as Britain’s “most violent” inmate, is launching an NFT collection featuring his artwork.
Bronson, who now calls him Charles Salvator, has not left prison since 1974 because of his repeated crimes against both staff and fellow inmates.
A Grinning Bronson (Source: Bronson NFT Collection)
The project’s website says the collection includes 1,500 previously unseen pieces from the 47 years Charles spent in prison and solitary confinement, as well as 8,500 3D pieces inspired by poetry, personal interviews and writings.
According to the project’s utility page, holders of certain rare NFTs are being promised a meet-and-greet AMA with the founders and artist, in addition to various other physical goods. According to the project’s website, 25% of the proceeds from NFT sales will also go towards a foundation that supports art-making programs for at-risk youth.
According to the project’s site, physical exhibits at Henarc Galleries will only be accessible to those who have NFTs. It opens on 26 February.
London-based curator Oliver Hammond told Sky News he hoped the exhibition would boost Bronson’s bid for parole. “If we can show that Charlie wants to get out of prison to work on his art, I think there’s definitely a good chance he’ll be out on parole.”
Works on Bronson’s paper cost between £700-£30,000, per Sky News. For NFTs, collection is being promoted Twitter Prices are still to be determined, along with a February 12 release date.
This is also not the first time that an inmate has released an NFT collection to draw attention to his plight. In December 2021, an NFT auction of drawings made by Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, who is currently serving multiple life sentences for his role in setting up the darkweb marketplace, will be held to support families with imprisoned children. Raised over $6 million dollars for
According to retired Metropolitan Police detective Peter Kirkham, who followed Bronson during his time on the force, he worries that Bronson’s art is ultimately promoting a narrative that glorifies his criminal past.
“That’s not right,” Kirkham said. “It’s wrong because people shouldn’t be able to profit from their crimes.”
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