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