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Autism in Art — Gallery: “Remember,” Autists & Violence

I’ve been working on a long-term project. A series of portraits of autists who experienced violence at the hands of the police, strangers, friends… family.

Remember: Autists & Violence

I’ve been working on a long-term project. A series of portraits of autists who experienced violence at the hands of the police, strangers, friends… family.

It sprang out of work on my two Facebook groups, “Missing While Autistic” & “Trigger Warning: Autism & the Police.” I read horrific stories of abuse, abandonment… and violent death… nearly every day.

While the “epidemic” of autistic kids is almost certainly a myth…

The global pandemic of violence toward autists of all ages, races, religions decidedly is not.

This gallery of original digital illustrations is low-resolution for the Web. This weekend I’ll post my program to make ultra-high-resolution versions available for device wallpapers, home printers, and wall posters.

“Autist JJ Vallow & Sister Tylee, Allegedly Killed by Religious Parents, 2020”

Photo. "Autist JJ Vallow & Sister Tylee, Allegedly Killed by Religious Parents, 2020." Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Autist JJ Vallow & Sister Tylee, Allegedly Killed by Religious Parents, 2020.” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

Utah case. Horrific. Doomsday religious parents are charged with murder, case in progress at this writing. More information.

“Mother of Ilyad Hallak, autist, Meets the Police, 5/30,2020.” 

Photo. "Mother of Ilyad Hallak, autist, Meets the Police, 5/30,2020." Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Mother of Ilyad Hallak, autist, Meets the Police, 5/30,2020.” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

Palestine.

On 30 May 2020, Eyad al-Hallaq, a 32-year-old autistic Palestinian man, was shot and killed by Israeli Police after not stopping when ordered to do. Police “neutralized” Halaq during the chase with seven shots fired in his direction. More information.

“Not My Friend”

Photo. "Not My Friend," Low-resolution version of original digital illustration for "Not Everyone Was My Friend: Sexual Assault & An Autistic Life, Part 1". (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons, Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Not My Friend,” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration for “Not Everyone Was My Friend: Sexual Assault & An Autistic Life, Part 1”. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons, Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

Original digital illustration for “Not Everyone Was My Friend: Sexual Assault & An Autistic Life, Part 1.” 

“Autist Kentae Williams, Tortured & Murdered by Adoptive Father, 2017”

Photo. "Autist Kentae Williams, Tortured & Murdered by Adoptive Father, 2017." Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Autist Kentae Williams, Tortured & Murdered by Adoptive Father, 2017.” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

Beaten. Burned. Drowned. For misbehavior in school. 10 years old.

Adoptive father sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Prosecutor refused to recommend the death penalty. More information.

“Remembering Linden” 

Photo. "Remembering Linden," Low-resolution version of original digital illustration of autistic Linden Cameron, shot by police on mental health check, Utah, 9/4/2020. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Remembering Linden,” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration of autistic Linden Cameron, shot by police on mental health check, Utah, 9/4/2020. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

Autistic Linden Cameron was shot by police on mental health check, Utah, 9/4/2020. More information.

“Paul, Autist, Meets the Bristol Police”

Photo. "Paul, Autist, Meets the Bristol Police 8/2015." Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.
“Paul, Autist, Meets the Bristol Police 8/2015.” Low-resolution version of original digital illustration. (c) 2021 John M. Knapp, Creative Commons Non-Commercial Usage. High-resolution wallpaper & poster files free to premium subscribers.

UK police in Bristol tasered Paul, who had a mental age of seven, and charged him with assaulting an officer – in a case that collapsed when his mother discovered CCTV of the incident. More information.

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