An artist painted a self-portrait of himself on a different drug every day, and he ended up with brain damage

Bryan Lewis SaundersHere’s Bryan Lewis Saunders on hash.

In March 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders began creating at least one self-portrait of himself every day.

Born in Washington D.C. but living on and off in Tennessee, in 2000 he set out to look for “experiences that might profoundly affect my perception of self” – and he came up with an experiment titled “Under The Influence” that did just that.

“Every day I took a different drug or intoxicant and drew myself under the influence,” he states on his website.

He was the subject of a documentary called “Art of Darkness” about the experience – which, he says, left him lethargic and with “mild brain damage that wasn’t irreparable,” which he told Business Insider meant “psychomotor retardation and confusion.”

Still, he said he is “still conducting this experiment but over greater lapses of time and presently only take drugs that are prescribed to me by a doctor.”

He told INSIDER that his other more recent projects include a drawing experiment where he was totally blind for 30 days straight and, of course, created a daily self portrait.

“I have done other month long drawing and life experiments too; no hearing, no talking and so on,” he said, adding that he’s “currently exploring arousal and energy.”
Scroll down to see some of the most bizarre, terrifying, and incredible pictures Saunders created while on drugs.

Huffing Lighter Fluid

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Heroin (dosage unknown, snorted)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Adderall (10mg)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Crystal meth (one bump)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

DMT (dosage unknown, during and after)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Zoloft (50mg, after 2 weeks)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Celexa (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Hash (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Absinth (small glass)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

LSD (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Hydrocodone (7.5mg), Oxycodone (7.5mg), Xanax (3mg)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Vicodin (10mg)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Soma (250mg)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Valium IV (Albuterol, Saline & Oxygen mixture)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Butane Honey Oil (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Bath Salts (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Morphine IV (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Ritalin (dosage unknown, snorted)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Opium (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Nicotine Gum (2mg, after quitting smoking for 2 months)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Ambien (10mg)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Alcohol (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Carbon Monoxide Inhalation

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Robitussin Cough Syrup (2 bottles)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Cocaine (1/2 gram)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Abilify, Xanax, Ativan (dosage unknown in hospital)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Huffing Gas (during and after)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Marijuana (G13)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

Nitrous Oxide (dosage unknown)

Bryan Lewis Saunders

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