From Behind the Walls

Works by Jose "Mr. Lonely" Salinas

March 26 – May 15, 2021

Dale Brock and Visiting Angels Gallery


Virtual Artist Talk



Jose "Mr. Lonely" Salinas' first solo exhibition, From Behind the Walls portrays his life, dreams, and regrets during his time incarcerated in prison, sharing his struggles with addiction and longing for home from "behind the walls."


Salinas’ work is greatly influenced by and embodies Chicano imagery and the work in From Behind the Walls infuses those elements with vignettes of an imprisoned person's life and fantasies: religious icons, temptations, and family members. Images of hope and hopelessness weave throughout Salinas' work and he states that his artwork became a source of therapy, allowing him to stay focused. In many ways, Salinas’ voice is not one heard often in art spaces and he hopes that his art tells a complicated story beyond a cautionary tale.