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Indian House

ca. 1968-1969 Frank Jones Born: Clarksville, Texas Died: Huntsville, Texas 1969 colored pencil on paper mounted on paperboard 22 5/8 x 22 5/8 in. (57.5 x 57.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr., and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.175 Not currently on view

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Frank Jones said he started seeing “haints” (haunts or ghosts) and devils when he was a boy of about nine, and he drew his first interpretations of them around that time. The drawings that he became known for were made later, between 1961 and 1964, during the last of three prison sentences that collectively comprised more than a third of his life. Drawn in colors that Jones called those of “smoke and fire,” devils gamble, drink, or appear in the form of a woman, depicting the evils that could drag a man down. His frequent use of clocks references an early prison job as a courthouse clock winder as well as the metaphor of “doing time.” 


Architecture - domestic - house

Fantasy - animal


folk art