Last Meal On Death Row – Dobie Gillis Williams

Medium: Digital print on goats skin, custom framing
Limited Edition of 35, signed and numbered by the artist
Dimensions: 69.4 x 58 cm

Please be aware each frame is custom made to order and thus subject to an approximate 6-8 week waiting period for delivery.


Producing high quality digital print on goats skin for the series, Collishaw restated a number of last suppers as requested by actual death row inmates in the USA. He arranged them in the style of 17th century Vanitas paintings, a manner traditionally used to reflect on the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. The use of goats skin references the bible and religion; as goat sacrifice was often associated with sin.

Dobie Gillis Williams was executed by lethal injection by the State of Louisiana for the murder of Sonja Knippers. According to the prosecution, Williams entered the home of Charles and Sonja Knippers in the early morning hours of July 8, 1984 through their bathroom window. When Sonja Knippers went to the bathroom some time later, Williams locked the door and began stabbing Sonja with a knife.
The evidence that Williams was convicted on is in dispute. Anti-death penalty activist Sister Helen Prejean has used his particular case to illustrate that the poor are disproportionally executed in America.
 Williams ate twelve candy bars and some ice cream for his last meal. In his final statement, Williams said “I just want to say, I don't have any hard feelings against anybody. God bless y'all. God bless.”

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