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Mr Robert Priseman
BiographyRobert Priseman is a highly acclaimed artist with many international solo exhibitions from New York to London. Works by the artist are held in numerous public art collections including The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, The Mead Art Museum. Mass., The Royal Collection, London, the University of Hull Art Collection, Hertford Museum and The Northern Ireland Collection to name but a few. An interview with Robert by the renowned art historian and curator Michael Peppiatt appears in a new book published by Yale University Press 'Interviews with Artists, 1966 - 2011' (comprising some 45 interviews with artists such as Dubuffett, Sonia Delaunay, Henry Moore, Balthus, Bacon, Brassai, Oldenburg and Cartier-Bresson).

Robert Priseman's work is themed, often focusing on issues concerning human rights such as his projects 'No Human Way to Kill' and 'Nazi Gas Chambers: From Memory to History'.

In conjunction with the Human Rights Centre the book 'No Human Way to Kill' was published. It opens with an account from Rev. Cathy Harrington whose daughter Leslie Ann Mazzara was lost to murder. Cathy negotiated a life sentence for her daughter’s murderer, Eric Copple, who had potentially been facing the death sentence. This moving personal story is followed by a view of what life is like from inside death row at San Quentin by PEN winner Anthony Ross who was a former Crips gang member. Former Texas prison Warden and Peabody recipient, Jim Willett, who oversaw 89 executions, gives a detailed description of how an execution is carried out. The No Human Way to Kill project was met with enthusiastic support frm Amensty Internatinal and Human Rights Watch. The book has evolved into a major event around the World Day Against the Death Penalty where on October 11th 2010, Robert's work was discussed by around 20 universities in the USA including Yale, Columbia and Arizona. The Human Rights Centre is excited to work with Robert on future projects that builds on the connections between art and human rights.


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