Mudflat Sculptures





jonart0006After I dropped out of High School with only a half semester to go, I began a large painting of the duck hunting shacks in the mudflats near the Bay Bridge. This canvas is about 40 X 70 inches. When we were fifteen Bill Arnold and tried to get out to one of these huts by putting boards before us so we wouldn’t sink into the mud. Shortly after I moved back to Oakland, the famous mudflat sculptures began to appear. The Straights hated this Free Art Show that was advertising the Bohemian Culture – for free! They wanted this shit to be torn down, and the Bay Area to return to sanity! The Normies got their way. We might have well all been in Nebraska.

Above is a photo of Mark, Christine, and I sitting on a antique table on San Sebastian Avenue. On the wall is the painting I did when I was twelve that toured 26 foreign cities. This work of art was the glimmer of hope that we Prescos would not suffer in vain. Above is a letter I received about this work of art from L.A. school officials who were taking a good look at me, trying to figure me out. They didn’t know what to do with me, where to put me. This would have been a fortunas time for Christine Rosamond to speak out and declare she was a “closeted artist” forced to draw in the closet with a flashlight lest she get caught competing with me. This lie is being distributed by Julie Lynch who claims Ronald Schwary bought movie rights to her sick story about Rosamond. I thik this is another lie.

This is why I bid my Muse to come forth out of the dark, and speak-up for me. But, we live in a chicken-shit world full of fearful folks, afraid if they stand-out, they’re going to get hurt – like I have been hurt all my life for wanting to be a real artist.

If Christine wanted to be seen as a teen, she should have moved back to Oakland and snuck out to the mudflats with a flashlight -like the rest of the mudflat artists – lest they be caught red-handed in the light of day.

BUSTED! Can you dig this bootleg art?

Jon Presco

“My biopic on the artist Rosamond was optioned by Oscar-winning producer Ronald Schwary and my courtroom drama placed second out of three thousand scripts in the 2007 IndieProducer Screenplay Contest.”

THE BEGINNING: Oakland, California

If Christine’s parents had embraced her talent, there might be existing works from her childhood, but this was not to be. Fearing that Christine would steal her brother’s spotlight as the family artist, Christine’s mother, Rosemary, forbade Christine to draw at home. The only time she could express herself was at school or in her closet, by flashlight, when everyone else was asleep. Though we don’t have images to prove it, Christine’s kindergarten teacher has said that, by age five, Christine was already drawing with adult skill. She can remember Christine’s pictures of animals having near perfect detail and perspective.

In addition to oppressing Christine artistically, Rosemary also dominated Christine with physical violence. Trying to support four children with only a high school education and little help from her alcoholic husband, Rosemary was often enraged. She took this rage out on Christine and Christine’s earliest known works reflect it. In Teenage Drawing II, her subject is reticent and withdrawn. In Teenage Drawing III, the woman looks shocked and angry.

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