Born in 1952, Michael Peterson, aka Charles Bronson, followed a life path of violence and rebellion, leaving in his wake a stream of bruised and abused prison staff, psychiatric workers and fist fighters.
Bronson’s aim in life has been to become famous, and he’s used his aggressive personality to become both notorious and infamous. From taking librarians and art teachers hostage to attacking fellow inmates and guards, Bronson’s legacy of violence has a pathological bent to it – the man simply enjoys terrorizing other human beings. His time in prison has earned him the dubious honor of being named Britain’s most dangerous inmate as well as Britain’s most expensive inmate, due to the cost of damages he has caused and the costs of housing him during his criminal career.
In 2008, Bronson, a biographical film of Charlie Bronson’s life was released. Tom Hardy put in an excellent performance, giving viewers a look not only at Bronson’s actions but a peek into the man’s state of mind.
During his years in prison, Charles Bronson has created a number of mixed media art works that express his experiences both in prison and in the outside world. These drawings are intriguing, as many of them express Bronson’s violence and madness alongside a lighthearted sense of humor. To quote from Charlie Bronson’s art website; “Enjoy the madness! Listen to the man in the concrete coffin speak. The born again artist, awaiting the day he can fly the nest and unleash his talent on the world.” Which of his talents would that be, one wonders. His talent with aggression, with madness, with art, or a combination of all three?