Episode 50 features abstract painter Halim A. Flowers. In the year of 1997, he was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to two life sentences in the District of Columbia. His experiences were filmed in the Emmy award-winning documentary “Thug Life In DC”. In 2005, he started his own publishing company SATO Communications, through which he published eleven books.
In 2019, Halim was released from prison after serving 22 years imprisoned. Since his release, Halim has worked with Kim Kardashian for her documentary The Justice Project, collaborated with Kanye West on a spoken word performance and was awarded the Halcyon Arts and Echoing Green fellowship awards. In 2020, he signed to be represented by DTR Modern Gallery and Stella Jones Gallery for his visual art practice.
Halim’s work is currently on view at MoMA PS1, in a major exhibition based on Nicole Fleetwood’s book ‘Marking time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration’ (Harvard University Press, 2020). A powerful document of the inner lives and creative visions of men and women rendered invisible by America’s prison system.
He uses his art, writings, motivational speeches, and fitness routines to inspire people towards revolutionary love.
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TEDx talk: https://youtu.be/9O8OBzsOvMI
Acrylic On Canvas
60” x 48”
DTR Modern Galleries
This is a beautiful story,i am so empressed with this young Man,he is proof of what we can do with our lives.
Resilience is magical.
This a great story! It demonstrates IQ sees no race, creed or color. Mr. Flowers is very bright and is driven and interpolates empirical real data to optimize experiences in life. He cares and understands life growing in extreme circumstances and overcoming it through his assertions. He is certainly wired better than those whose pride leaves their self empty. He is amazing and his humility is a big as his talents e.g. his intellectual prowess is a light and beacon for every one! No excuses!
Thank you for your thoughtful words. Getting to know him was an enriching experience.