The Merriest of Merry Pranksters: Author Ken Kesey’s Art

Writer-Artist Three: Ken Kesey

The Merry Prankster

The merriest of the Merry Pranksters, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Sometimes a Great Notion, icon of the counterculture, Ken Kesey told me he’d been an artist since his youth and that in 1965 during a five-month imprisonment for pot possession how he’d combined his artwork with text.

Ken Kesey’s Artwork: Loose 

Published posthumously in 2003 as Kesey’s Jail Journal: Cut the M************ Loose, freedom must still have been in the forefront of his mind when he sent me “Loose!”, an appropriately acid-colored painting for inclusion in The Writer’s Brush.

Unfortunately, it never made it into the book and it is presented here for the first time.

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To find out more, check out The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers for more than 400 plates of artwork by great writers and the stories behind them.

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