Gil Batle, 53, spent over 20 years in California prisons for fraud and forgery. He has a natural gift for drawing, which he developed as a self-taught tattoo artist in prison. He's now out and living in the Philippines. But his memories are still behind bars. He carves scenes from prison and the criminal justice system into ostrich egg shells. These works are incredibly detailed relief sculptures that show the ugliness of life in prison.
Batle's work will be on display from November 5 to January 9 at the Ricco Maresca Gallery in New York City.
Note the symmetry between these top two sculptures.