This website is a celebration of Charlie's art; a recreation of the mind, body and soul of Mr Charlie Bronson (the artist formerly known as Michael Peterson). Born 6th December 1952, Charlie has spent the best part of 38 years' imprisoned.
During that time, a kindly prison officer gave Charlie some art materials: 'Let's see what you can do with them!' The result has been some mind-blowing and challenging art that documents his journey through the English penal system, to the secure hospitals of Rampton, Ashworth and the notorious Broadmoor.
Charlie's art has developed, matured and grown as influences has flitted in and out of his life; Francis Bacon, Joe Coleman and Dali have proved a weighty influence on Charlie's art. But he truly has a style of his own. When you look at a Bronson piece of art, be it a prison, asylum or animal piece, you KNOW you are looking at a Bronson piece. He has an artistic voice all of his own, one that has refined with age. Like a fine wine... or a cheese!
His art has sold and exhibited around the world. It provokes thought, emotion and above all else, humanity in us. Humanity for a fellow human being who still finds himself imprisoned and fighting for freedom.
Charlie has achieved so much, from the confines of solitary confinement. One day the Birdman will fly from the cage and his soul will be free. One day.
Come and join us on a journey into Madness. But if you're coming ... bring a torch!