Jerome Sloan is incarcerated at Snake River Correctional institution in Ontario. where he is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole. I first saw his work at the Dome Building (Headquarters of the Department of Corrections) in early 2009. I invited him to be in the Coos Art Museum show, and he accepted. Sloan is a brilliant, mixed-races (black, white, Indian) young man; a deep thinker, with that same intensity of concentration we see in George Robirts, David Drenth, Darby Crouch, Robert Walker, and with a fiery clarity of vision of the movie of his life, which he depicts in all his works.
He was not able to participate in the first show at the Coos Art museum, because he was “in the hole” (in solitary). But during that long period he did a series of large drawings using primarily ball point pen (the 2 inch long variety which cannot be made into weapons) which he called the “GOD & EVOLUTION” Series. We later showed them in the “LIFER” show at Old City Hall in Coquille, where half of them were sold but allowed to travel with the “TIME” statewide traveling show this year. He also did two new works in pastels specifically for the “TIME” traveling exhibit, one called “The Persistance of Time” and one called “Time Looking Back at Me”.
Jerome Sloan was one of 48 artists from the 13 Western States chosen for inclusion in the Coos Art Museum’s EXPRESSIONS WEST show for 2012. This piece shows the artist as a “fallen angel” with his family, who serve as his “lifeline”.
Note: All Jerome’s works include messages written in an alphabet of his own creation. A handsome wooden-boxed set of the eleven works in the “GOD & EVOLUTION” Series comes with a copy of the alphabet as well as a photograph of the artist.
This photo of Jerome Sloan was taken in 2010, when the artist was 36. His roots include black, white, and Native American cultures. A son, conceived after his arrest but before his incarceration, is now in his teens. Since Jerome is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole, he uses the proceeds from sales of his art to help support his son.