Donald Clayton "Donny" Johnson (born 1959/1960 (age 61–62)) is an American painter and convicted murderer. He is known for his innovative technique, which involves using a brush made of his own hair and pigment from M&M's candy bombs dissolved in water. The New York Times described his style as abstract; Spiegel Online mentioned that his art varies from luminous to dark.
Johnson grew up in a associates of abusers and criminals, ran away from house at 10, and spent time repeatedly in juvenile detention. He has been in prison in the past 1980 after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and monster sentenced to 15 years to life. In the late 1980s, he clip a prison guard's throat and assaulted another, and was convicted for both and sentenced to two new terms of nine years to life. He's been housed at Pelican Bay State Prison, California, since 1989, and as of 2007 was in indefinite abandoned confinement in the Secure Housing Unit.
The Secure Housing Unit, the highest-security unit at Pelican Bay, did not have the funds for any art supplies, so Johnson created a paintbrush using hair, plastic wrap, and ballpoint pen refill, and created paint from M&M's candy coatings.
Johnson is not allowed to gain from his artwork. In 2006, he acknowledged that he intended the child support to amass the Pelican Bay Prison Project that helps the children of prisoners. After Johnson sending paintings to a friend, the buddy organized an exhibition of doing in Mexico. In July 2006 and August 2007, exhibitions of Johnson's paintings were held at the Yam Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, citation needed] On one night, six of his postcard pictures sold there for $500 a piece. Prison officials responded by confiscating his art supplies and prohibiting him from sending pictures out, as a punishment for "unauthorized matter from inside prison", but eventually allowed him to send pictures out again.[
Mike Dibb created a documentary not quite Johnson’s life. Entitled, Painted With My Hair, the film is due to be released in late October 2021.