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This Artist Drew Self-Portraits on 50 Different Drugs

This Artist Drew Self-Portraits on 50 Different Drugs (Photos)

Bryan Lewis Saunders is a Tennessee-based performance artist, poet, and illustrator who has drawn at least one self-portrait every day since March 30, 1995. As of now, he has over 8,700 self-portraits, collected in stacks of hardbound sketchbooks.

As an experiment, for 50 days straight Saunders took a different drug every day before doing his self-portrait. All of the drugs were free, either given to him by junkie neighbours in his rundown, $18-a-month apartment and doctors who see his art and assume he’s psychotic – he can’t decide if he thinks he is or not – or administered to him during brief mental hospital visits. The frequent drug use gave him mild brain damage that was thankfully repairable, and he’s still adding to the collection, albeit with more time in between.

The drawings are personal, varied, and reflect the experience of the intoxicants they’re associated with. Portraits on weed, salvia, and butane honey oil are whimsical, with an almost child-like use of primary colours. More frequently, they reflect anxiety, darkness, and a fracture of self-identity.

In a profile on The Guardian, Saunders says that he hates that people only know him for the drug portraits, so if you like these, consider checking out more of his work on his personal website.

100mg Seroquel

100MG SEROQUEL
100MG SEROQUEL

Marijuana Resin

MARIJUANA RESIN
MARIJUANA RESIN

Morphine IV (Dosage Unknown)

MORPHINE IV (DOSAGE UNKNOWN)
MORPHINE IV (DOSAGE UNKNOWN)

1 “Bump” of Crystalmeth

1 “BUMP” OF CRYSTALMETH
1 “BUMP” OF CRYSTALMETH

10mg Zyprexa

10MG ZYPREXA
10MG ZYPREXA

Marijuana (G13)

This Artist Drew Self-Portraits on 50 Different Drugs (Photos)
MARIJUANA (G13)

Salvia Divinorum

SALVIA DIVINORUM
SALVIA DIVINORUM

10mg Ambien

10MG AMBIEN
10MG AMBIEN

250mg Soma

250MG SOMA
250MG SOMA

50mg Zoloft

50MG ZOLOFT
50MG ZOLOFT

Marijuana (Kine Bud)

MARIJUANA (KINE BUD)
MARIJUANA (KINE BUD)

Ritalin Snorted (Dosage Unknown)

RITALIN (DOSEAGE UNKNOWN-SNORTED)
RITALIN (DOSEAGE UNKNOWN-SNORTED)

4mg Risperdal

4MG RISPERDAL
4MG RISPERDAL

1 Glass of Pruno

1 GLASS OF PRUNO
1 GLASS OF PRUNO

5mg Percocet

5MG PERCOCET
5MG PERCOCET

Acid

ACID
ACID

1 sm Glass of Absinth

1 SM GLASS OF ABSINTH
1 SM GLASS OF ABSINTH

2mg Xanax

2MG XANAX
2MG XANAX

PCP

PCP
PCP

10mg Adderall

10MG ADDERALL
10MG ADDERALL

Opium

OPIUM
OPIUM

Nitrous Oxide

NITROUS OXIDE
NITROUS OXIDE

2mg Nicotine Gum

2MG NICOTINE GUM
2MG NICOTINE GUM

Psilocybin Mushrooms (2 Caps Onset)

PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS (2 CAPS ONSET)
PSILOCYBIN MUSHROOMS (2 CAPS ONSET)

20mg Valium

20MG VALIUM
20MG VALIUM

5mg hydrocodone/ 7.5mg Oxycodone/ 3mg Xanax

5MG HYDROCODONE/ 7.5MG OXYCODONE/ 3MG XANAX
5MG HYDROCODONE/ 7.5MG OXYCODONE/ 3MG XANAX

100mg Trazadone

100MG TRAZADONE
100MG TRAZADONE

100mg Tramadol

100MG TRAMADOL
100MG TRAMADOL

Huffing Gas

HUFFING GAS
HUFFING GAS

10mg Loritab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10MG LORITAB
10MG LORITAB

300mg Lithium

300MG LITHIUM
300MG LITHIUM

DMT

DMT
DMT
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