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Artist carves 20 years of prison life onto egg shells

Gil Batle

After spending more than 20 years in five different california prisons for fraud and forgery, artist gil batle now resides on a small island in the philippines. while behind bars, he fixated on developing a set of sophisticated tattooing skills — an artistry that impressed fellow inmates and protected him from gang violence. now released, batle has evolved his self-taught drawing ability into a complex creative craft that expands the traditional methods of illustration, and combines it with an atypical medium: ostrich egg shells. batle has expanded his experience inside prison into a visual timeline, carefully and meticulously carved into the fragile exterior surface of eggs.

gil batle: hatched in prison
ricco/maresca gallery, new york
november 5, 2015 – january 9, 2016.

gil-batle-hatched-in-prison-ricco-maresca-designboom-0151/50 dreams, 2015, carved ostrich egg shell, 6.5 x 5 x 5 in. gil-batle-hatched-in-prison-ricco-maresca-designboom-02sanctuary, 2014, carved ostrich egg shell, 6.5 x 5 x 5 in.

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(above) reception: fresh fish, 2015, carved ostrich egg shell, 6.5 x 5 x 5 in.
images courtesy of ricco maresca

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