No Human Way to Kill

No Human Way to Kill is a combined book and art project created by British artist Robert Priseman. In 2007 Priseman began work on a series of paintings which present the five different methods of execution used in the United States (Hanging, Firing Squad, Gassing, Lethal Injection and Electrocution),[1] alongside the paintings he then produced a series of twelve etchings looking at other methods of state sanctioned execution used around the world.

No Human Way to Kill
AuthorRobert Priseman
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreLaw and Order
PublishedJune 14, 2009

The two series examine how different countries have adopted diverse techniques to execute condemned prisoners, which in turn argues execution to be a socially constructed act of group catharsis. 'No Human Way to Kill' was exhibited at The Dazed Gallery in London in 2008[1] and The White Box Arts Centre, New York in 2010 [2] and 2011.[3] The original paintings and drawings are held at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA [4] with a set of twelve etchings at the V&A, London.[5]

In 2009 a book of the same name was published by Seabrook Press which uses the twelve etchings and a series of essays to explore the themes raised. Contributing articles where provided by human rights lawyer Professor Sir Nigel S. Rodley, Rev. Cathy Harrington, San Quentin death row inmate Anthony Ross and former Warden of Texas Death Row Huntsville Unit Jim Willett.


  1. ^ a b Dazed (2008-06-16). "Robert Priseman at the Dazed Gallery". Dazed. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ "NO HUMAN WAY TO KILL – PART I | WhiteBox". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "NO HUMAN WAY TO KILL – Part II | WhiteBox". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "Collections Database". Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  5. ^ "Modern Means of Execution; No Human Way to Kill | Priseman, Robert | V&A Search the Collections". Retrieved 2016-05-11.

External linksEdit

  • Robert Priseman [1]
  • No Human Way to Kill [2]
  • V&A [3]
  • The Mead Art Museum, Five Colleges Collection Database [4]