Guy Colwell (1945- ) “Woman with Gibbon”, oil on canvas, 37.5 x 33 inches (including frame), 2006. Signed and dated lower right.
Guy Colwell was born March 28, 1945 in Oakland, California. He studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts for two years before being arrested for draft resistance during the Vietnam war. He was sentenced to two years in federal prison which he served at McNeil Island Corrections Center, in Washington. After his release he became part of the underground comix scene in San Francisco (where he was a contemporary of Robert Crumb and Spain Rodriguez, among others), publishing two well-known series, Inner City Romance (Last Gasp) and Doll (Rip Off Press). He worked for both Rip Off Press and Good Times in various capacities.
Recently in 2004, Colwell’s painting The Abuse, depicting prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, caused the North Beach Gallery where it was exhibited to be vandalized leading to its closure.
Colwell’s painting Epidemic (2009) is in the permanent collection of the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. His work has been featured in Juxtapoz magazine (2012).
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