$4,000 Oil Painting of Charles Manson, to be auctioned-off in Las Vegas. The painter? John Wayne Gacy!
Charles Manson 12 x 16, Oil on Canvas Board, Copyright 2374, $4,000 (Painted during the last week of Gacy’s life)
In 1980, Gacy was sentenced to death and transferred to Menard Correctional Center. Here he took up oil painting. One of his favorite subjects was clowns. Many of Gacy’s images are innocuous, yet they highlight issues of Art Brut and Outsider Art. He sold some paintings and paid for a number of appeals. His lawyer served as a sort of gallerist for Gacy, purchasing his paintings, then re-selling them. After 14 years of appeals, Gacy was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.
Controversial serial killer's paintings go on display in Las Vegas
By the CNN Wire Staff - May 13, 2011 5:05 a.m. EDT
(CNN) -- A Las Vegas art coordinator's planned charity sale of serial killer John Wayne Gacy's paintings is under fire from the very crime victims group that is supposed to benefit from the proceeds.
The National Center for Victims of Crime is demanding that its name not be associated with the exhibit, entitled "Multiples: The Artwork of John Wayne Gacy," saying it did not agree to be a beneficiary of the sale.
In a written statement Thursday to CNN affiliate KTNV, the crime victims group said it sent a cease-and-desist letter to the gallery owner.
Since word spread that Gacy's work would be displayed at the Arts Factory beginning this month through September, the event has been surprisingly controversial in a city where very little surprises.
Westly Myles, the owner of the Arts Factory, said he opted to coordinate the show because he believed Gacy's work would provoke discussion and provide financial help to those who have been hurt by crime.
"People can think what they like, I see it as an opportunity to help from something that was bad," Myles said.
Gacy was convicted of raping and killing 33 boys and young men during a six-year span that culminated with his capture in 1978. Most of his victims were buried in and around his home.
He was dubbed "the Killer Clown" because he often performed as "Pogo the Clown" at events for children.
While awaiting execution, Gacy began painting. After his execution in 1994, his attorney auctioned off his artwork. Some of it was purchased and destroyed in a bonfire attended by 300 people, including some family members of Gacy's victims. Gacy's paintings have often generated controversy in galleries across the nation. "Multiples: The Artwork of John Wayne Gacy," is meant to reflect the multiple aspects of his life, according to johnwaynegacyart.com, a website set up to promote the show.
"We are familiar with multiple aspects of Gacy's story. He worked multiple jobs, lived multiple lives and committed multiple crimes," the site said. "What we are unfamiliar with is the art Gacy created while awaiting execution: multiple paintings."
Seventy-four pieces will be put up for sale at the Las Vegas exhibition. They include pencil drawings and audio recordings, and paintings of skulls, clowns and the seven dwarves from the Snow White fairy tale.
Included among the collection is an oil painting entitled "Dahmer Skull," which is priced at $2,000 and was inspired by serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and an oil painting of Charles Manson which is priced at $4,000.
But perhaps the most controversial piece is a self-portrait entitled "Goodbye Pogos" listed at $4,500.
Myles said the proceeds would be divided evenly among the charities. If the crime victims group doesn't want the money, Myles said he would find another organization to donate the proceeds. Meanwhile, two other organizations named as beneficiaries of the sale say they are reconsidering accepting the money.
GACY'S FULL GALLERY FOR AUCTION, CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://johnwaynegacyart.com/the-art/gallery/
(There's two identical Charles Manson photos for sale, at different prices)